Please join us on Sunday morning. We worship together every Sunday at 10 am and you are most welcome to come!
Rogation Sunday May 6th: A service to celebrate creation. Bring along seeds and bedding plants for blessing!
Yard Sale: Saturday June 2nd
A Message from the Vicar:
The news is full of reports these days on climate change and environmental problems. On the whole I think this is a good thing since it highlights vital issues that we all need to care about. Of course, in an effort to make things more ‘newsworthy’ news organizations are prone to highlight the most negative news on these issues. Which runs the risk of causing a form of ‘compassion fatigue’ on environmental subjects. We get tired of hearing ‘bad news’ stories. And if we think we can’t do anything about a problem, our natural human tendency is to try to ignore it. But climate change, pollution, the overuse of non-renewable resources and other similar issues are ones we can’t let ourselves ignore. Not only is this a vital issue for the future of our children and grandchildren but it is a deeply spiritual issue and one that cuts to the heart of our life as people of faith.
One of the things we affirm as people of faith is that this world is God’s. God created it and the great creation story in Genesis assures us that God saw the world as good. So when we treat the world as if it was disposable, unimportant and free to be abused any way we wish, then we are saying something about not only our own selfishness and short-sightedness, but about our relationship with our creator God. It is when we give and receive generosity, care, compassion and love that we are closest to our generous, caring and loving God. And this applies to all of creation – not just the human part of it. By treating both human and non-human creation with respect and care we are bringing ourselves into closer relationship with God. And we are opening ourselves to experience love and abundance in our own turn.
While it may seem like anything we can do as a single individual or family is so small in relation to the size of the problem that it isn’t worthwhile we need to remember that the environmental problems we face are as a result of the cumulative effects of all our decisions. And the solutions will be found in the cumulative effects of all our actions. Yes, we need big business and governments to ‘step up to the plate’ and make the big changes. But we also all need to make the changes in action and attitude in our own lives before we have the moral right to demand those big changes.
We need to become accustomed to thinking of the long term effects of what we do. We need to be willing to do things for ourselves rather than buy everything. Don’t just be a consumer – be a creator too. Care for what you have so it lasts a long time. Take pride in being able to be thrifty. Take the time to hang up your shirt to dry rather than throw it in the dryer. Borrow books from the library or buy them second hand rather than buy new ones. Turn off the dry cycle in your dishwasher and let the dishes air dry. Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. Take the time this summer to go to the local farmers markets rather than buy imported produce. You’ll have a fun outing and support our local farmers as well as help the environment. Take time this spring to enjoy the beautiful world that God created by spending time in nature. It’s in the million little details of our lives that we care for creation and thereby honour the God who created this world and who loves it deeply.