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Creation Time

posted Nov 18, 2013, 7:09 PM by Westminster Webmaster   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 7:09 PM ]

In 2009, the United Church of Canada suggested we celebrate ‘Creation Time’ during four or five Sundays in the season of Pentecost in September/October. The liturgical colour is orange and was chosen to designate the season representing a time of harvest, fruitfulness and the beauty of autumn.

The ‘Creation Time’ symbol consists of a tall tree with prominent roots and green leaves. It is a sign of life and growth. Flowing around the tree is a large blue circle, a symbol of God's eternity and the colour of the earth from space.

The four sections of the circle are reminders of the four seasons, the four directions of the compass, the four aspects of humanity (mind, body, heart and spirit). And the four orange sections form a cross.

The four colours included in the symbol represent the four elements of creation: earth (brown), air (white), fire (orange) and water (blue).

The banner which was at the front of the sanctuary during September and October was created by Rev. Mary over a number of weeks. It was a pleasure to watch it take form gradually as different parts were added each week.