Palm Sunday: Blissfully unaware

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Matthew 21:1–11 Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. NRSV

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ 4This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 ‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ 11The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Reflection

Our Gospel reading today from Matthew starts in the relative quiet of a hillside and ends on one of the main street’s of the city of Jerusalem in shouting and bustling of palms and pilgrims. A time full of anticipation and drama. The disciples and the crowd lay down their cloaks for Jesus in a powerful gesture of adoration and self-sacrifice.

This is a joyous entry into Jerusalem, in the lead up to the important Jewish festivals of Passover. The disciples and the crowd are blissfully unaware of what lies ahead in the coming days, even though Jesus had warned them. They are caught up in the moment and who can blame them.

 

Have there been times in your life that you ignored the warnings choosing to stay in the moment?

Would you do things differently if they came again?

Prayer of Praise 

People of God,
With branches in your hands, start the festival in joy!
Celebrate with creation the songs of delight!

For in our dark times,
God’s Light shines brightly.
In our grieving,
Jesus holds us tenderly.
In our exhaustion,
The Spirit Advocate groans with us
As we wait to be set free in Christ.

People of God,
Help us hear the cries
Of those trapped in sorrowing,
those longing to be set free with justice,
those who are hurting in unseen ways
And those who are hungering for food and safety.

For in the midst of the joy
We know God stays with us in our humanity
And all that it brings into our living and being.

As one, let us march around the table of welcome,
lay down our tools of trade
and celebrate the feast that is lifegiving and plentiful

For we are God’s people,
Welcomed in love,
Carried with care,
Supported in kindness
And healed when broken.

With all creation,
Let us sing with joy.

And all the people say Amen!

Rev Anne Hewitt

People kept spreading their cloaks on the road. Prayerful colouring. Mark Hewitt

Lent 5: You weep for the bound…

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John 11:1-44 GNT 

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[f] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Reflection

The gathered community of relatives and friends, grieving together, illuminates the humanity that binds us, and also that disturbs our perspective – brokenness and blame, belief and benevolence.  Jesus knowingly enters into the middle of this scene. Martha is one who rushes out of the gathered community, to meet Jesus, with admonishment and certain faith. Ever practical and purposeful, she even alerts Jesus later of the smell of death in the tomb. Mary, caught in her grief, came when knowingly secure in a welcome. She falls at Jesus’ feet again, having once washed them with respect and gentle love, an intuitive offering from heart and soul. Her faith mixes with raw grief, blame and belief. The crowd follows, conversing through their weeping, in wonder and criticism.

Jesus understood the human pain and anguish, spoke with gentle directness, and was immersed in his very real sorrow. He wept, releasing more than silent tears. Weeping releases the complicated anguish where sorrow for self and other, meet, a physical expression of the aching soul. Even in the midst of this rawness, Jesus’ prayer reminded all who listened, that they were known and heard by God, in their grieving and their questioning, they were held. He showed how to be immersed in the human reality, and know the encompassing presence of God’s Spirit. He offered solace and gracious understanding. Like Lazarus, those who listened too, were unbound and let go.

Ponder upon these…
Who do we keep bound,
suppressing them so much, hidden from site, they dwell in a deepening cave?

What do we kept suppressed within,
fearing once released it will not return to the safety of a locked space?

When do we curb our emotions,
grief buried so deep, that its reek seeps into the sweet promise of a new day?

Where is the centre point that we skirt around,
averting our sight to that which hurts our gaze?

How do we quell our concerns, never addressed through healthy questions,
so that the fear is kept bottled and revealed as anxious stress?

There is no shame is gracious grief, channelling the stream of deep tears,
so as to open the space where emotion and reality whirl.
For it is here, that the teary salt becomes the healer, disinfecting, washing and clarifying the painful wound, unbinding all that holds it,
and releasing the potential for the new life that comes forth.
The Spirit’s song is heard in that grief, and Jesus holds it so tenderly.

Rev Anne Hewitt

Rom 8:6
To be controlled by human nature results in death;
to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.


Prayer - You wept for the bound…

 In your compassion, Jesus,
You wept
…the tears of a lost and beloved friend
…the tears of missed moments
…the tears of holding friends’ pain
…the tears of acknowledging community distress
…the tears of an empty space
…the tears of uncertain, and living, faith
In this compassion,
You cried out.
Let the bound be unbound.
The hidden be revealed.
The truth be set free.

Gracious Spirit of Life and Peace,
Jesus our Brother and Friend,
Help us.
Who or what we keep trapped,
Whenever, wherever or however it is expressed,
Unbind it, let it go.
In our humanity,
Hear our prayer, O God of Life and Peace
Amen, amen, amen.

Rev Anne Hewitt

Legend of the Cat Fish Bone.

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One of our congregation shared this old folk telling of the Passion using a catfish bone.
They wished to share it with you all.
The words are from Conrad S Lantz

Legend of the Cat Fish Bone.

Of all the fished in the sea
The catfish pictures the Lord’s misery
In its lowly body you will find
The body on the cross outlined
The hilt of sword is well defined
Look at the back of the Catfish bone
A Roman shield is clearly shown
And if you shake the bony Cross
You’ll hear the dice that once was tossed
To gather up the Blood stained dress –
And if you hear it you’ll be Blessed.

Below are a photo of the front & back of a Catfish bone.

The Way of Exclusion

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Reserved signs have been placed randomly on seats throughout the church.

What did you do when you saw a reserved sign on the seat?
Ignore it, sat somewhere else? Get angry or indignant? Feel Excluded?

It does not take much for a person to feel being excluded.  The healing of Bartimaeus; The miracle of this story is Jesus’ ability to transform exclusion and help Bartimaeus and the community to see.  Upon receiving new life, Bartimaeus leaves everything and follows Jesus.

What can we take from this ?

Our God in a God of inclusion.  God’s desire is for individual wholeness and wholeness of community.  We are not whole if we do not let others in.

Back to our experiences at the beginning of worship, it does not take much for a person to feel being excluded.  It might not mean that that is the intention but that is the result of our actions.  Not talking to someone new.

The flip side.  It does not take much to make a person feel included.  Saying hello, asking questions about them.


Rev Mark Hewitt, 18 October 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)

They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

God of community, sometimes,
we erect barriers that exclude.
Sometimes, we isolate and alienate one another.
But your understanding of community
is bigger than we could ever imagine!
Challenge our ways of exclusion.
Heal us from our arrogant attitudes.
Open our hearts so we might live in ways
that create better places of belonging for all. Amen.

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Frontier Services: Grow, Nurture, Flourish

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Moderator Rev Sue Ellis, 21 October 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV)

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Extravagant God,
your generosity is revealed in the rich and
unique creation of Australia and her people.
Thank you for all who call this country home –
from the Kimberley to the South West Cape,
from the Southern Ocean to the Arafura Sea.
We pray for all who live beyond the cities.

Living Christ, who empowers, enlivens,
and enables forgiveness,
bless those who serve the needs of others –
in child and aged care,
Outback Links and work parties,
ministry and emergency response.
We pray for all who serve
in remote regions of this country.

Holy Spirit, guide and encourage the whole church
as we share in the work of Frontier Services
and other agencies working for
reconciliation, justice, equity and access.
We pray for all who dream of,
and work to renew hope and enrich life.

God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we bring to you our own prayers…

God of unexpected journeys
and surprising outcomes,
hear our prayers in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

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Finding Our Way

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Today’s scripture I always find challenging.  Certainly at a literal level part of it is about things or stuff.  Looking below the literal level, what truth is there for us today?  This is not about dumping on those rich with money or romanticising those who are poor financially.  That itself raises questions about what it means to be rich & for that matter poor.

There are broader understandings to be had

Let go of anything that might be in between oneself & God.  It could be stuff or privileges, attitudes, values or beliefs that get in the way of your following Jesus’ way.

What comes to your mind?

And then, invest in those who have need.  There is plenty of need out there.  Our investment can also be in time, energy, love.

Again what comes to your mind.  How do you or how can you invest in those with need


Rev Mark Hewitt, 14 October 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another,‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’

God of life,
you call us to give of ourselves to you
and to work towards your realm on Earth.
Sometimes, we cannot imagine your possibilities. Sometimes, we value our possessions
more than we value your love and your promises. Sometimes, we do not want to give up anything. Please help us to find our way towards
living more faithfully as your followers.
Challenge us to be willing to risk ourselves.
Show us what we need to give up
to be closer to you. Amen.

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Tough Questions Along the way

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In fact, what I think Jesus is really saying to them is that your question is irrelevant. In terms of the loving, compassionate, inclusive community which I am trying to create, your question has no currency.

At this point in his ministry, with his encounter and death in Jerusalem staring him in the face, Jesus isn’t really interested in questions of marriage and divorce. He is interested in working hard at building up that community of faith and trust and hope which we have come to know as the kingdom of God.

My support for saying this comes from the little pericope with which our reading concludes this morning. It involves Jesus allowing little children into the centre of his group and referring to them as the key to the door of the kingdom of God.


Rev Rob Stoner, 7 October 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 10:1-6 (NRSV)

He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.

Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.”

We pray firstly this morning for the people of Sulawesi. None of us can quite comprehend what it is like to lose home, family members, community in in the surge of a wave.

We also remember people from other regions around the world devastated by earthquake, cyclone in the past few weeks.

We pray for those who have lost family members, may they find solace in their grief.

We pray for those who have lost home and all that makes sense of life, may they find comfort in their time of loss.

We pray for those who are attempting to deliver aid – shelter, food, clean water, medical support, may they be strengthened in their work.

We pray that in and through all these people, the Spirit of God may move bringing the comfort and hope that only God can provide.

 

Rob Stoner

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Getting out of the way

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Love One Another, © Durga Yael Bernhard.

People are not always what they seem.  Good people do bad things  Bad people do good things

It’s rarely all or nothing – Black & White.  You may be onside with someone on one issue yet opposed to them on another issue.  All is far more complex. Than - “you are either for us or against us”.  Such a statement can be unhelpful in that it can set up harmful polarisation.  Who is in and who is out?

When we are part of a community, we are in community with other people.  There will be times when there are no issues, other times when there are issues.  It is worth putting in the time & effort to work through any issues and not to have an attitude of who are those with me or who are those against me.  Who is in or who is out?  As Community is important and vital to our lives as Christians.

Our Scripture today is a teaching text that can teach us something about community but that will require some exploration.  Not all scripture at first reading is easy to understand or its imagery is quite confronting – the 2000 years between its writing reading is noticeable.  They are difficult passages.  Its original Context is import to acknowledge so that we can learn its deeper truth for our living today.  This is one of those texts.  Reminding the disciples that “whoever is not against us is for us,”

This is a subtle but important change from “you are either for us or against us”, an attitude that divides to a more open attitude of possibilities.  Jesus encourages them, and us, to see the way God is at work in the community.

Getting past the disturbing imagery that as part of a Jesus community, as disciples, we are to do everything possible to enable others to path of becoming – of faith.  We are to be an open inclusive community.

Finally, using imagery of salt.  Salt’s importance today is different to the ancient world.  If used today, it is in moderation, to enhance flavour in food.  We have refrigeration, cryovac packaging and other ways of preserving food.  In the ancient world Salt was used generously, in their arid climate it replaced natural body salts that were lost through perspiration.  It was used to flavour food.  The use of Salt WAS how food was preserved.  It was also used medicinally & in their worship.

The disciples are left with an imperative to have salt in themselves and be at peace with one another. This could mean being rich in the flavour of faith. Be full of life in faith – have rich faith, flavour all that we do.


Rev Mark Hewitt, 30 September 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 9:38-50 (NRSV)

Another Exorcist

John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

Temptations to Sin

‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

‘For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’

God of love,
sometimes we are too confident
that our ways are the only ways
and become too comfortable in our exclusive communities. Grant us grace, humility, and wisdom
so we might respect our differences,
and better receive your way of guidance for us all. Amen.

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Sky Sunday

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Today is a reminder that as the Sky covers all creation, so all human beings are called by God to care for all creation. For us, who acknowledge God in our lives, the Sky becomes a reminder that we should praise God always, looking for and finding the signs of overarching God’s presence in every part of our life.


Rev Graham Vawser, 16 September 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Psalm 19:1-6 (NRSV)

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.


In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.


God of all creation,
everywhere we go we feel your presence.
As we look at the sky,
we are re­minded of the vastness of your love,
the blanket of grace with which you cover Earth.
Help us to re­member
that not all your wisdom comes through words.
Help us listen for the language of the moon and the sun.
Inspire in us a sense of awe at things which are large
that we may be moved to mercy for things which are small.\
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Humanity Sunday

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Coogee Beach, © Mark Hewitt 2015

Humankind made in the likeness of God.  Generations upon generations of humanity born seems such a big epic event.  Yet the reality is somewhat more personal, as it is one birth at a time.  Your birth is part of the story.  As we heard last week and today, in the first chapter in the first book of the bible, Creation was described.

Humanity came on the Sixth day.  We are important & are focussed on but we were not alone we had to share.  Today Humanity Sunday is an invitation to see ourselves as set in the centre of creation for purposes beyond those that fulfill human needs.  This is a day to see humanity as one small part of Creation.  So what can we do?

These are not new but ways we can approach our relationship with the environment and care of it.

Reduce Reuse Recycle Repurpose


Rev Mark Hewitt, 9 September 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Genisis 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.’

Creator God,
we want to know more about
your design and dream for us
to provide for that which you have left in our care. Refine our definition of humility and dominion
so we may do what you have created us to do. Amen

Seasons of the Spirit 2018

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