Outdoor Journey Worship Services

Outdoor Journey Worship Services 2014
Every Other Sunday June 15-August 24 at 5:30 PM
Meet at the Labyrinth (Service will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather)

This summer, Church of the Holy Spirit will once again celebrate an expanded series of outdoor worship services. The theme for the series will be “Celebrating God in Creation.” There will be six services, three of which will be a form of Evening Prayer, alternating with celebrations of the Eucharist.

Ninth century Celtic theologian John Scotus Eriugena wrote that God speaks to us through two books: the “big book” of Creation, and the “little book” of Scripture. Learning of God through God’s Creation receded in emphasis in subsequent centuries. In recent years, environmental concerns have brought a new focus on the created order. In 2011 the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church issued a pastoral teaching urging Episcopalians “To lift up prayers in personal and public worship for environmental justice, for sustainable development, and for help in restoring right relations both among humankind and between humankind and the rest of creation.”

Many churches have begun observing a “season of Creation,” for several weeks, usually during the Sundays after Pentecost. Our outdoor journey worship services will be our observance of a season of creation, in which we celebrate God’s presence in the created order. The schedule is listed here, with the focus for each service:

Sunday, June 16 (Eucharist): Water

Sunday, June 29 (Evening Prayer): Earth

Sunday, July 13 (Evening Prayer): Air      

Sunday, July 27 (Eucharist): Fire

Sunday, August 10 (Evening Prayer): Humanity

Sunday, August 24 (Eucharist): The Cosmos

Each service will begin at 5:30 PM. We will meet at the labyrinth, and then proceed together to the site(s) for each service. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. You may also want to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. In case of inclement weather, we will move the services indoors. I look forward to worshipping with you in God’s Creation.

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