This month, Churches will be observing the annual “Season of Creation”, a time of sustained prayer and action caring for the natural world, during which we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events that deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth, helping us to be ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
The season is kept from 1st September, which Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I established in 1989 as a day of prayer for creation for some 5 million Orthodox Christians. It ends on 4th October, which the feast day of St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), whom Pope John Paul II declared to be the ‘heavenly patron of those who promote ecology’ (Apostolic Letter ‘Inter Sanctos’  1509f).
In 1998, the European Christian Environmental Network asked European Churches to adopt a ‘Time for Creation’ between these dates, and the World Council of Churches (WCC) extended this recommendation to its 350 member Churches, some 500 million Christians, including the CofE.
The Catholic Church is an observer at WCC meetings and works in partnership with it, for having some 1.3 billion Catholics it is larger than all the other WCC churches together. Following the publication of his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (‘On Care For Our Common Home’, 2015), which called for a conversion of Christians, Pope Francis also designated September 1st as ‘World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation for the Catholic Church’ (Letter, 2015) and invited Catholics to share in the ‘season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home’.
In an anniversary address, Pope Francis said, ‘this is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew’, a season ‘to reflect on our lifestyles’, and a season ‘for undertaking prophetic actions…calling for courageous decisions…directing the planet towards life, not death’ (Message, 1.09.2019). And in a pontifical Message this year, Pope Francis draws particular attention to the planned COP27 conference on climate change, to be held in Egypt in November 2022 and the planned COP15 summit on biodiversity, to be held in Canada in December, with a timely call “that they take more ambitious steps at COP27 and at COP15.”
That the Season of Creation became ecumenical and global in just 33 years bears testimony to the urgency of environmental crisis and climate emergency that is upon us. Yet the collaboration is also a sign of hope, of which can be a part.
Lincoln Cathedral is keeping this Season of Prayer with sermons, a book group discussion, and the hosting of a Coat of Hopes. Please join us in observing this Season of Creation, and please pray for the Cathedral’s environmental work. The environment, our ‘common home’, is truly the responsibility of everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike.
PAUL OVEREND, CHANCELLOR
Worship & Mission
Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)
Sacred Space, our gentle and reflective service with time and space to wonder and the opportunity to use all your senses to explore faith, begins the new academic year on Sunday 18 September at 7pm (doors open for refreshments at 6.45). The service will gently follow the creation theme of the season. All are welcome and you are invited to get involved in the prayer activities only to the level to which you feel moved and comfortable.
For your diaries, Sacred Space dates for the next year will be 27 November, 22 January, 19 March, 21 May, 16 July, 10 September and 19 November. For further information talk to Canon David Dadswell.
The Stillpoint silent contemplative prayer meeting takes place monthly, in the Ringers Chapel. The next meeting is on 19 September, 8.40am-9.20am, hosted by the Revd Anne Mazur.
Season of Creation
Between 1 September and 5 October, Christians around the world will be observing a “Season of Creation”, praying and caring for the natural world. For more information, please see www.SeasonOfCreation.org (or on social media the hash tag #SeasonOfCreation).
Season of Creation – Sermon Series
During the Season of Creation, our evensong sermons at 3.45pm are as follows:
04.09.22 #1: ‘Making Way in the Wilderness’ by The Revd Sherine Angus, Priest in Charge, All Saints, Holbeach. Lincoln Diocesan Environment Advisory Panel member.
18.09.22 #2: ‘Soil and Soul’, incorporating a conversation with farmer Paul Davey, by The Revd Canon Alan Robson, Lincolnshire Agricultural Chaplain, Ecumenical Canon of Honour; Prebendary of Saint Mary Crackpool. Lincoln Diocesan Environment Advisory Panel member.
25.09.22 #3: ‘Creation as Sacrament’, by The Rev Canon Andrew Christopher Vaughan, Priest In Charge, Swinderby (Benefice), Prebendary of Langford Ecclesia.
02.10.22 #4: ‘Eco Journeying’, by The Revd Michelle Webb, Assistant Curate of St Giles Church, Lincoln. Member of Lincolnshire Faith & Environment Group.
(Please note that The Battle of Britain Service is on 11.09.22, at 3pm. There is no choral evensong with sermon on that day.)
Season of Creation: Community Book Group
10th September, 10.30-11.30 am.
The Cathedral Community Book Group is also looking at the climate, discussing Frances Ward’s book, Like there’s no Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety and God, by (Sacristy Press 2020) on 10th September, 10.30-11.30 am., in the Learning Centre, accessed off Eastgate, opposite East Bight (by the Lincoln Hotel). Please buy and read the set book in advance of the discussion.
Season of Creation: BIG GREEN WEEK
24 September – 2 October, 2022
During the Season of Creation, The Climate Coalition (of partners, such as the Fairtrade foundation, National Trust, WI, RSPB, and WWF, and religious and sport organizations) hold a Big Green Week support for action to protect the planet. For local events in Lincoln and Lincolnshire, please see https://greatbiggreenweek.com
Dates for your diary:
Friday 30 September, 2-4pm: Coat of Hopes refreshments in South Transept.
Thursday 20 October, 7pm: Harvest Supper in the Chapter House – tickets will shortly be available.
Monday 14 November, 6.30pm for 7pm LCCA AGM in the Chapter House.
If you are interested in any of these events, please ask a committee member.
Lincoln Cathedral Common Good Project
Social Theology Lecture Series
27 September 2022, 6.30-8pm
JUST BEING? On the dignity and divine calling of the human person. Can people be who they truly are in the modern world? By Edward Hadas, who is a Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, a freelance journalist and author working on moral economics and finance. His latest book is Counsels of Imperfection: Thinking Through Catholic Social Teaching.
Tickets available from the Cathedral website.
Grand Summer Organ Concert Series
3 September – Colin Walsh – Organist Emeritus, Lincoln Cathedral
10 September – Darius Battiwalla – Leeds City Organist
17 September – Alana Brook – Assistant Organist, Lincoln Cathedral
24 September – Jeffrey Makinson – Organist, Lincoln Cathedral
Book Launch with Dr Lynne Broughton
We invite you to join us in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral for the launch of Lincoln Cathedral: Insights and Explanations by Dr Lynne Broughton. Copies of the book will be available at the event for a special discounted price of £15.
Pub to Pulpit
Join Cathedral Choir, Broomdasher and Coracle singing some of our best loved hymns using tunes collected by Vaughan Williams
The Hallé in Lincoln
14 October, 7pm
The Hallé is a Cathedral favourite and is returning this year as part of its 2022–2023 season with conductor, Taavi Oramo.
The Snowman with live orchestra
This festive Christmas classic will be shown on the big screen in the Nave, lit to create a magical atmosphere. This heart-warming story will be accompanied by a live orchestra and soloists from Lincoln Cathedral Choir
For full details of events, and to book tickets, please visit https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/