A Pastoral Word
Season of Creation
In the hymn, "God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale", the very first line reminds us that our God is not just the God of people. Our God is the God of all creation. Our God is the God of small and large creatures, the God of air, sea and land. Our God is the God of the rainbow covenant. In Genesis 9, God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
Unfortunately, as co-workers of God in creation, humankind has not remembered our part of this cove-nant. We have used and abused the resources of the Earth. We have ignored the cries of pain and sorrow that fill the air, water, and land of God's creation. Now is the time for us to make a plea to God to help us save the earth, not only for ourselves but for those who are yet to come. Now is the time to envision all of humankind joining with God in a united effort to renew the face of the Earth.
It is the hope that during Lent, we will be "challenged to re-orient our relationship with creation. While the challenge may have been provoked by the current ecological crisis and a growing awareness of our place in the web of creation, the origins of our re-orientation lie deep in our Christian tradition, especially our biblical heritage. We are challenged to return to our biblical roots to rediscover our intimate connections with creation. We return to see ourselves again as part of the very Earth from which we are made." (www.seasonofcreation.com)
One of the ways we will do this is through our worship services on Sunday morning. During worship, each Sunday, we will be taking a look at part of the prayer, "Canticle of the Sun," by Francis of Assisi. We will invite the elements of creation to be our guides on our Lenten journey as they remind us that all parts of creation, including us as people of faith, have a role to play in the web of life that connects us and sustains us. Let us prepare our hearts and minds for the journey as we gather with all creation and remember why it is so important to reconnect with God's creation as people of faith.