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time for creation
programme of resources 2008
Hope for Creation: a time for worship and action
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's programme of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe a Time for Creation in 2008 was on the theme Hope for Creation: a time for worship and action and these continue to be available for use.
Central to the resources are sermon materials prepared by Rev. Dave Bookless, National Director of A Rocha UK, with a choice of two 5 week frameworks, one based on the Lord's Prayer and one on the Revised Common Lectionary. The materials are flexible, so it is possible either to follow the whole 5 weeks or to dip into the material and use it as required. The Lord's Prayer materials, in particular, are suitable for a less formal or all-age setting.
Both sets of materials examine the theme of Hope for God's creation, a theme vital for today. Scientists and campaigners sometimes paint such an apocalyptic image of a future dominated by climate change that many are near to losing all hope. Some believe our hope lies in technical innovation, new regulatory frameworks, or political action. However, today it is being recognised increasingly that we also need a deeper and more profound change, and these materials are based on the hope that we have as Christians, based ultimately in God's good plans for his creation, the cosmic scope of Christ's saving work, and the Spirit's renewing power at work within and through human beings.
We also provided a wide variety of additional resources for inclusion in worship services and liturgies, group study ideas, children and all age resources, and action ideas, to help churches, groups and individuals to focus on Creation Time, either for one week or the whole month.