Care-giving & Nurturing

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Care-giving & Nurturing, Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

Genesis 1:26–28 (NRSV)

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’

Rev’d Mark A Hewitt
Minister
The Corner Uniting Church,
Warradale, South Australia.

We are Divine – like
I have often spoken about our need to be
Christ – like.
That has hepled us in understanding
how we relate to each other
But what does it mean to be
Divine – like.

 

Creator God,
You call us to remember our human¬ity
because in knowing ourselves,
we know you more fully.
May we be reminded
that we are your creation and that you call us,
to responsibility.
You delight in our potential.
In the beauty around and within us,
may we embrace your ways
and remember our kinship with all creation. Amen.

 © Seasons of the Spirit.

Care-giving & Nurturing, Prayerful Colouring,
Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

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Planet Earth

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‘Things in heaven and things on earth’.   Ephesians 1:3-14.   Mark A Hewitt. Pastel. July 2012

Genesis 1:1-25 (NRSV)

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Rev Mark Hewitt
The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale
South Australia.

We are part of an intricate creation.
A Creation in which God remains creatively active.
We need to hold this beautiful blue green planet in reverence.
The things we do, need to care for it for the next 10, 20, 50, 100, generations.

Creator,
we give thanks for this beautiful planet
that gives life to so much and so many.
Grant us the wisdom
and strength to do whats best for this planet for the long term not short term.
May the political and business leaders have the courage and fortitude to do like wise.
Thank you for all the delights
found each day in the world around us.
Amen

Earth Moon & Stars, Prayerful colouring 2015.

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Daffodil Day – Bulbs of Wisdom

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Potted daffodils, Mark A Hewitt 2015

Luke 12:32-34

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 13:6-9

Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’

Luke 12:35-40

‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-15

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled.

Rev’d Anne Hewitt
UCA Minister,
Chaplain,
Eldercare The Lodge,
Wayville, South Australia.

The season of the life of a daffodil.
A metaphor for our own life.

Daffodil, all of life. Prayerful Colouring, Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

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What we Live

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What form is your armour? Ephesians 6:10-20.    Acrylic on paper. Mark A Hewitt 2015

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NRSV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Rev’d Mark Hewitt
Minister
The Corner Uniting Church.
Warradale, South Australia.

In preparation for today
I was trying to imagine another kind of protective layer other than armour.
It was the writer of Ephesians urging to surround ourselves with prayer that sparked my imagination.
What would a protective layer of prayer look like?
Colour, warm colour, as we deal with a world not devoid of colour but at times dark.

God of Power, God of Peace,
you equip us to face all the challenges that are thrown at us in all sorts of guises, not only of this time but at and in all times.
May we be mindful of your protection;
and help us share your word in ways that promote love, grace, and justice.  Amen

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Protected. Ephesians 6:10-20. Prayerful colouring. Mark A Hewitt 2015.
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Kind hearted

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Be kind, tender hearted & forgive one another. Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Acrylic on paper. Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

John 15:7-17. (NRSV)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be  complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Bible Reading – Rev’d Mark Hewitt
Message – Dr Deidre Palmer

Community in Christ, Living Compassion and Hope.

Dr Deidre Palmer,
Moderator
Synod of South Australia,
Uniting Church in Australia

God, who sees far beyond our seeing,
who listens far beyond our hearing
and who speaks to us
in the longing hearts of all people
and all creatures,
arouse in us a deep and powerful love
for all you have created.
Amen

Tender Hearted 2, Prayerful Colouring, Mark A Hewitt 2015

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Be Kind

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Tender hearted. Ephesians 4:25-5:2.       Acrylic on paper. Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (NRSV)

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Rev’d Mark Hewitt.
Minister
The Corner Uniting Church.
Warradale, South Australia.

Do’s & don’ts are often listed
to help create a good culture.
Whether that be family or society.
The letter to the Ephesians
was written by Paul
or more likely by someone very close to Paul.
With a list of do’s & don’ts
For the church.
A balance is needed.
If it is all don’ts – it is a very negative place
If it is all do’s – boundaries are not clear.
To be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another.
Put simply –
Be kind is to be Christ.

Grant me the grace, O God,
to know what I should know,
to love what I should love,
to praise what pleases you, and
to cherish everything
that is precious to you.
Keep me from judging simply
by what my eyes see, or my ears hear;
help me to know the difference
between appearance and spiritual reality.
Above all, may I have the grace
always to seek your joy.
Amen.

Thomas à Kempis

Prayerful colouring. Be kind, tender hearted & forgive one another. Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Pen & paper. Mark A Hewitt.
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What we Experience

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One body – Diversity.  Mark A Hewitt Pen & paper. 2015

Ephesians 4:1-16 (NRSV)

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people.’
(When it says, ‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Rev’d Mark Hewitt.
Ministry Team Leader, The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale South Australia.

Paul is giving us an image of the church
It is a body, that is unified or held together.
Unity though should not be confused with conformity.
As God’s glory is reflected in the body it is seen
through a diversity of gifts.
All gifts complement one another
in the work of building up Christ’s body.

Creator of all,
we give thanks that you created us
as unique people with diverse gifts,
that when knitted with others in community.
We build your loving world.
Amen

One body – Diversity. Prayerful Colouring.
Mark A Hewitt. 2015
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What we honour

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Feeding of the many. John 6:1-15.   1999   Mark A Hewitt.   Lino cut & water colour.

John 6:1-15 (NRSV)

Feeding the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.


Rev’d Mark Hewitt.
Ministry Team Leader, The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale South Australia.

The miracle of God is bringing us together,
With all our differences; Different tempermants, personalities, likes, dislikes interests, skills, abilities
Bringing us together to work as one.
So that we can bring things into being.
Allowing people to be safe & nurtured.
Allowing people to see & be embraced by God’s Love.
Maybe its in such a community,
called the church, that God’s miracles can be revealed and brought into being.
Maybe we are miracle agents.

Loving God,
may we as your children
notice the miracles that take place everyday around us.
May we too be agents of change
enabling miracles to to place in the lives of others.
Amen

Prayerful colouring: Loaves & fish,
2015 Mark A Hewitt
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What we reconcile

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Limestone Wall. Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Mark A Hewitt 2007

Ephesians 2:11-22 (NRSV)

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Being different or having differences
Is not the problem
We can embrace our differences & rejoice.
The problem is when we build walls – barriers
as a way of dealing with our differences.
We are brought together as one through Christ.
Together we are the house of God.

Breaking down the wall.
Prayerful Colouring. Mark A Hewitt.

Loving God
Assist us in seeing the walls
we build between us and others.
give us the strength to then tear them down.
through your love
may we build a community that
embraces difference and celebrates diversity.
Amen

Sunday 12 July 2015

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What we contribute

Ephesians 1:3–14 (NRSV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

We have before us new ways of connecting.
New ways of bridge building.
New ways of being family.

Ephesians gives us a vision
Of what God desires.
The unity of all people even amid difference.

Creator God, you have created a family,
and you invite all people
to become brothers and sisters with one another, and with Christ.
May we heal the brokenness that divides us.
May we grow in love for one another and the earth,
and reflect the unity of your creation.
Amen.