Worship Gathering in the Midst
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10:00 am
in which We Celebrate Earth Day .
Scripture Reading: Psalms 65 and 66:1-1-4
Worship & Message: Rev. Stacy Thomas
Liturgist: To Be Determined
Tech Team: Carla Ritter and Cindy Speakman
Music: Diane Birchman, John Paton, Joan Thompson
Through songs, Scripture, and beautiful, thoughtful imagery, we will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday. The natural world, God’s harmonious creation, is beautiful and astonishing, surprising and sometimes confusing or startling. Yet, much of humanity is sharply out-of-sync with its harmony and balance. Western civilization has changed the natural world so much that it has become unrecognizable. Nature has become unbalanced because we have not been good stewards of God’s creation, a garden gifted to us to care for, tend, and work.
Western civilization can learn much from our Native American siblings about caring for and tending the garden of Planet Earth. Native Americans have a long relationship with Earth “based on an ethic of harmony, humility, and respect” (Randy Woodley, “White Supremacy and the Fate of the Earth,” in Sojourners, May 2021 [Vol. 50, No. 5], 29). It’s an immense undertaking, a great responsibility, but, as with everything, we can learn together, take small steps together, and know that everything we do matters. We won’t solve the huge problem of the crises confronting Earth in one Worship Gathering, nor can we realistically take on all of the problems and issues connected to Earth Justice, Creation Care, Creation Justice, or Eco-Faith, for that would be overwhelming, but we can do something. Just considering the conversation is something.
Let’s start somewhere by celebrating our interconnectedness with one another and with Earth, God’s amazing Creation, in recognition of Earth Day!
~ Toward Embracing Life, Faith, Hope, and Love Together,
Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Here is the Zoom Information:
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship Gathering in the Midst
Time: Sundays 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 897 8769 2192
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