Church of England Diocese of Oxford Woodley, St. John the Evangelist

Sunday 12th September - Harvest Festival - Oikologie: Wisdom from Our Home Planet

This week we are continuing our celebration of the Season of Creation, or Creationtide, where we shape our worship around giving thanks for all aspects of God's creation, and paying attention to the natural world with the aim of confessing our sin towards it, repenting or changing our behaviour, and actively working towards seeing healing and wholeness come about across the whole created order.

It's particularly significant this year as the prepares to host COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference which is being held up in Glasgow in November. This is a big meeting of world leaders who are coming together to agree actions that will move us forward towards the global target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are currently making progress, but not fast enough!

As we reflect on this year's theme for Creationtide "Renewing the Oikos of God", where Oikos is the Greek word for 'home', let's think about what that can look like politically as well as in our individual lives. This week we are celebrating Harvest Festival, giving thanks for God's provision and the gifts of the earth for our nourishment, and thinking about the wisdom of the natural world – what can learn about God by getting to know, and caring for, his creation?