|In the diverse array of gifts that God has given to human beings, there are those who can just look at a plant and it will burst forth with life and fruit and health. Their houses are filled with green things and their gardens are lush and gorgeous. |
And then there’s me.
I love plants, trees, flowers … but I cannot ever manage to keep anything alive long enough to actually enjoy it. I have to go over to other people’s houses, or to a botanical garden, or take a walk out in the woods to appreciate the beauty of the flora around me.
So, there’s a little envy in my heart, I confess, toward those who have that “green thumb” gift. And if you are one who has this skill, please hear me: I do not want to disparage you in any way. I want to BE you!
In this “Season of Creation” worship series, we are renewing our scriptural call to serve God’s creation. God has charged humanity with the care and protection of the earth. This charge, a part of the second creation story in Genesis, should stand in stark contrast with some of what we see in the world today – pollution of our air and water by industry more inclined toward profit than stewardship, mountains of unrecycled plastic littering our land and oceans, massive deforestation damaging the lungs of the earth in order to make room for beef ranches, and on and on.
So, for all of y’all with those “green thumb” gifts – Get to work! Plant those seeds, cultivate those trees, grow those flowers and vegetables and all that other green stuff you have all around your house. Every time you do, you are following God’s desire to serve creation. I’ll do what I can, which might mean coming over to admire and enjoy your work, but still that’s something, isn’t it?
Every single plant, every single tree, every bit of new, green life added to the world makes a difference. I thank God for the precious charge to be co-creators and celebrants of the Spirit, working with the creative energy of God to make the world look a little bit more like God wants it to be.
Here’s an exciting new opportunity for people to celebrate Holy Communion in person while practicing social distancing. “Communion Circles” will be officiated by a pastor and offered six days per week at various times beginning on Sun., Sept.13. All are welcome to participate in this Sacrament. To ensure safe social distancing, participants must RSVP in advance.
Joy of Music Virtual Concerts
Music Director Kevin McBeth has announced three virtual concerts this fall. These concerts will be live-streamed on Facebook and on our website. Enjoy them from the comfort of home! Each will be 60-75 minutes. For details, visit the website.
-Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. – James Farquhar and Friends in Recital
-Sun., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. – Organ & Piano Concert: John Cargile & Joseph Welch
-Sun., Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – A Gift to the City – St. Louis Musicians in Concert