I know today is the first day of fall, and so summer is behind us, but this week in our Creation Time rotation through the seasons, we will be looking at summer.
A few thoughts come to my mind- when we talked about winter, we were reminded of how God is with us, even in the darkest and coldest parts of our lives. So how is God with us in the warmest and sunniest times of our lives? Is it harder to remember that God is with us when things are going well? Do we sometimes forget about God when we don’t have a crisis or need for strength and healing?
How we live our lives when times are good is as important as how we live when times are not-so-good, perhaps even more so. Just like when our country is having summer, places in the Southern Hemisphere are having winter. When we’re experiencing the “summery” times in our lives, how can we support those who are struggling?
Here are some questions to ponder about the Monderator’s message this week:
Where is “eternal life” found in the present? Have you ever had an experience that felt eternal, like it had no bounds? Perhaps a moment of healing, or connection, or insight?
What do you think about evil? Are you comfortable talking about it? Are you a black and white person, or more familiar with gray? Can you think of evils in our world today that need to be illuminated so they can be transformed?
This weekend is Thanksgiving! Yay! Many of us will be gathering with family and friends to enjoy delicious meals and warm fellowship!
It’s also a time for us to be conscious of the things we are thankful for in our lives, something we have be working on for several weeks now. Our God is good and generous, and it is right to give God thanks and praise!
We give thanks and we give also of ourselves- our time, in dedicating time to worship God, our talents, in using our gifts to serve our church and community, and our treasure, in supporting God’s work financially. All of this giving comes from the same place- gratitude for all God’s goodness. God never leaves us, God has blessed us with many things, and when we live a life of thanksgiving, we joyfully give our time, talent and treasure!
As we near Thanksgiving, take time to “count your blessings” and give thanks to God, and consider how you may give a bit more of yourself to God! Happy Thanksgiving!
On Sunday, Oct. 5, we will be celebrating World Wide Communion at Neepawa United Church. As we celebrate the gifts of the nourishment of our bodies and spirits and God’s presence with us, we will also be thinking about what our own gifts are, that perhaps we are called by God to share.
There will be hardcopies available in church this Sunday, Sept. 28, and again on Oct. 5, but it would be much easier to do it online, where it will get your score for you. A score above 50 is an area of interest, but you may just want to remember the areas with the highest scores, and bring those results to church Oct. 5.
The quiz can help you realize gifts you didn’t know you had, but if you can’t do the quiz, you are still very welcome to come to the service! Our community of faith is one gift we all have been given, and gathering for communion reminds us even more that when we gather, God is there.
This week we’ll be starting a new church time. Creation Time, within the Season of Pentecost is meant to make us more aware of the world around us, and our place within creation. I think of it as a good month of preparation for Thanksgiving- really, we can use much more than one day to think about the blessings of our world, including this beautiful Creation!
This Sunday’s scripture readings will be: Psalm 148, Isaiah 55:12–56:2, and Revelation 22:1–5. And the theme for Creation Time 1 is “Delight in me!”
What parts of creation do you take delight in? The season of fall brings many delights like the geese flying south, the leaves turning, squashes and other fall vegetables! But there are delightful things that happen in other parts of the year, too: the beauty of a fresh snowfall, the first birds of spring, the fullness of the sun in the heat of summer! Feel free to share other things that you take delight in!
And if you have any comments on the scripture readings for this, Sunday, feel free to share them, too!
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