New Hope UCC: Our Family of Faith

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“God’s Earth”

As you may have heard in the news this week, our country and many others in the world community, are celebrating Earth Week/Day. We are asked to consider ways in which we can responsibly save our planet and all living things upon it for our children’s children and their children to enjoy.

A couple of thoughts and ideas that you might like to explore in this Sunday’s message:

  1. In the creation story in Genesis 1 & 2 when God was finished making everything, “it was good”…sort of like receiving a brand new car which we are asked to take care of.
  2. When we neglect our new car and don’t do oil changes, bad things happen. One day you are driving along and it blows up. (I have actually had this happen as a young man–a 1962 Plymouth Fury…KABOOM) Your new car requires regular maintenance just as God’s creations need to be cared for on a regular basis.
  3. The issue is one of taking serious responsibility for something that was given us brand new…the earth. All the kids in school throughout their education learn about the various environmental/ecological disasters and tragedies that continue to evolve as we tend to ignore and neglect this beautiful gift.
  4. In Psalm 8 God asks us observe what has been made and to become more responsible for this beautiful gift.
  5. Caring for the creation is first a spiritual priority and then everything else falls into a pattern of hope, change, and restoration.

Think of your families 3-4 generations from now and the kind of world they will inherit. What is our responsibility is to pass on such a precious gift?

See you in the garden,
Rev. Jim

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