Monday, April 15, 2013

Looking Forward to April 21, 2013 -- 4th SUnday of Easter, Earth Day Celebration

This Sunday is the day before Earth Day.  And so we will use our worship to mark that occasion.

The Scripture Readings this week are:
  • Psalm 104:1-23
  • Genesis 1:26-31
The Sermon title is Standing on Holy Ground?

Early Thoughts: Scripture is clear that, as the song Take Off Your Shoes says
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
from the waters beneath to the heavens above
so take take take off your shoes
you're standing on my holy ground
 The question I have we actually believe that to be true?  How do we show that we believe that to be true?

How are we called to live on the earth?  Where do we find the balance points between all the competing needs on the globe?

This Sunday I invite you to consider those questions.   I invite us to consider how caring for the environment is not only sound financial and social policy but is also sound theology.  And yes that means making choices.  And yes, living in a country that has traditionally been "hewers of wood and drawers of water", a nation whose wealth has traditionally come form rocks and trees and fossil fuels, may well throw a curve into those thoughts.  In the end it is about balance.  So how do we find that balance.

There is a story I was going to use for Children's Time but it is a bit long for that.  So I will use it as a part of the sermon.  Come and hear about After the Beginning (the author, Carolyn Pogue, is the partner of former UCCan Moderator the Very Rev. Bill Phipps). 

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