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Some Thoughts from Pastor Alana....

posted Aug 25, 2016, 10:48 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:22 AM ]

 HAPPY EARTH DAY!

 On Saturday April 22nd  we celebrated our 47th  Earth Day and this year it was a huge celebration because quite honestly, people are finally growing fearful about what is happening to our climate. Dramatic swings in weather happen more and more frequently and it has gotten to the point where we cannot help but notice the differences even just in our own weather. (We can’t talk about weather patterns anymore because there seems to be no pattern- just unexpected weather extremes.)

            Our lives and all of creation are amazing gifts from our creator. We are called to be good stewards of creation. Scripture repeats this call in many places. As we celebrate resurrection we can also think about resurrecting our earth.

             What does Scripture say about caring for creation?

 Gen 1:31 “God saw everything that God had made, and behold it was very good.”

Because all of God’s creation IS very good we know we are to love, care and respect it.

 Read all of Genesis 1 and we learn that God created humans last.  Every other creation came before us in the first creation account. (Yes… there are two accounts) Perhaps as we make decisions about climate issues we ought to do so in humble ways.

            Note also that the words humble, humus, humor and human all include the same Latin root “hum” which means “earth” or “soil” The name “Adam” in Genesis comes from the Hebrew word “Adamah” meaning soil! That’s quite a connection to the earth.  

            In the soil, we find some of the smallest creatures imaginable – the living microbiome that makes up soil, and that allows us to grow our food in the soil. A handful of living, organic soil contains billions and billions of these micro-organisms. And guess what? When we sow and tend, when we garden, the very touching and digging our hands in this soil enhances our serotonin production. It activates the neuro-biochemistry in our bodies that makes us feel good. That reduces stress. That enhances our experience of joy and delight. What an incredible gift![1]

1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” We belong to God, to one another and to the rest of creation- ALL in this together.

 John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world…” (not: “despised, disliked, disregarded but loved!). We are to emulate God in this relationship with the world, with Earth!

 2 Timothy 1:7    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (and the skills needed to take care of the place where we all live.)

 1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  John is talking about everyone       everywhere loving and caring for creation.

 Psalm 24:1        “The earth is the Lords and all that is in it.”

 And if all of this good and great news hasn’t compelled us already we might heed the warning from the Apostle John who implores us to beware, lest we miss the call:

 Revelation 11:18 “The nations raged, But your wrath has come, And the time for judging the dead, For rewarding your servants, the prophets, and the saints and all who            fear your name, Both small and great; And for destroying those who destroy the Earth.”

 What CAN we do at home and at church?

Recycle

Purchase used when possible

Check for leaks/ running faucets

Turn lights off when possible

Turn heat down and wear layers to stay warm

Purchase items made from recycled materials

Explore using solar or wind power

Drive the most fuel efficient car

Take bags with you when you shop

 What else can we do to become the greenist church or house in St. Clair?  Pat O’Connor will be sponsoring gatherings for the public, at the church, to talk about what we are doing to the earth and what we can do for the earth to keep it livable. Watch for more details.

 


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Pastor Alana 

 

Psalm 143:8 

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. 

 


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