This being the first Sunday of September we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion.
This Sunday is also the first Sunday we are following the Narrative Lectionary.
The Scripture Reading this week is Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15
The Sermon title is A Promise in Many Colours
Early Thoughts: Technically it is the result of light rays bending through a prism and being scattered into different wavelengths. But that is hardly romantic....
Topic of songs about what is somewhere over them. Symbol of inclusivity in the Pride Parade. Scientific experiment. And sign of the promise.
The story of Noah and the flood is one that many of us learned in early childhood. And yet how many of us remember the part about the rainbow? Yes we know about the animals going in 2 by 2. But I suggest the longer term lesson is the rainbow.
God gives up on the world, God decides to wipe the slate clean and start over. But then God appears to decide this was the wrong approach. After the flood and the destruction God says "Never Again" and the rainbow is that sign of that promise. No matter what happens, no matter how far we wander from God's hope, never again will the world be washed away in a flood. God will stick with us, not try to replace us.
A promise in many colours, a sign of hope, a constant reminder of God's presence in the world.
And here is my favourite rainbow song: