The season of Creation is celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St Francis of Assisi Day (4 October). The sequence of readings for this season creates a liturgical pattern similar to that in the season of Advent. The readings are designed to provide a three-year cycle corresponding broadly to the years of Matthew, Mark and Luke in the Revised Common Lectionary.
The sequence of readings in each series follows a broad pattern of creation, alienation, passion and new creation. The readings also give special attention to the story of Earth, which complements the story of God and the story of humanity in the Scriptures.
Year 1. Series A: The Spirit Series (year of Matthew)
This series concentrates on those texts where the Spirit is breathing life into creation, suffering with creation and renewing all creation.
Genesis 3:14-19; 4:8-16
Outback / Wilderness Sunday
Joel 1:8-10, 17-20
Matthew 3:13 – 4:2 or Mark 1:9-13
Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17
Year 2. Series B: The Word Series (year of Mark)
The second series focuses on those texts where the Word is the impulse that summons forth creation, evokes praise from creation and stirs life in creation.
Year 3. Series C: The Wisdom Series (year of Luke)
The third series includes those texts where Wisdom is the designing force behind creation and the impulse that enables the parts of creation to fulfil their roles.
Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26
Job 39:1-8, 26-30
1 Corinthians 1:10-23
1 Corinthians 1:21-31