Reflecting on the Scriptures.
In our United Church of Canada creed we have two statementsÂ worth pondering today:
â€œI believe in God, who has created, and is creating,â€¦â€
â€œWe are called to live with respect in creation.â€
The first is a statement of hope as well as faith.
God is not done with this creation.
Godâ€™s life energy is still at work;
Godâ€™s love is still holding this world together.
Which means that when we acknowledge the second statement –
the call to live with respect in creation –
we do so trusting that whatever we do to respect our planet home
we do with the fullness of Godâ€™s love, blessing and healing power.
This too then is a sign of hope.
I believe that to live with respect in creation is to treat the earth
as God does.
The poets who wrote our Creation story
picture God looking at everything she has made,
loving it, enjoying its majesty,
staring in awe at the power of Godâ€™s creative word
unleashed in molten energy
its eruptions ofÂ vitality,
and even its cycles of devastation, that make way for new life.
And God sees wild liveliness, itâ€™s earthiness, its diversity,
and calls it Good!
So, for us to live with respectÂ in creation is to see the world as God does,
and to call this earth Good.
But also to tend it.
To tread lightly upon it,
to respect its force, its own right to be itself as a creature of God.
And to find our true place within it.
What weâ€™ll do now are three very simple activities
which respect Godâ€™s wonderful creation.
We know there is plenty we can do,
and I want you all to believe,
that with God at work with us,
every single thing we do to care for our planet home
is worth it.
It is GOOD!!
So, what weâ€™ll do for the next few minutes is
invite EVERYONE to do the first activity:
We will all plant a nasturtium.
Weâ€™ve made little greenhouses out of re-used roast chicken traysâ€¦..
go to one of the garden tables and pick up one seed, and follow the
leaderâ€™s instructions about where they should go in the tray.
THEN you have 3 other places to go:
1. Jess will do a demonstration of how you can make your own cleaning
products out of simple, non-toxic to you or the earth ingredients.
Weâ€™ll be posting the recipe on the website after this service â€“ not printing handouts!Â (see below)
2. There is one little pot for every child here today.
You can write your name on the side of the pot, (without tipping out the soil!)
then you use the seed shakers to sprinkle salad seeds into your pot.
Then you put the pot into the baggie, and bring it up to the table.
At the end of worship you take your pot home, you keep it by a window,
keep the soil moist, and in a few weeks youâ€™ll have your very own salad greens to eat!
(Local, seed sown, diverse, tending)
3.Â On scraps of recycled paper, you are invited to writeÂ or draw a prayer for the planet,
and thenÂ put your prayer into the half globe, and weâ€™ll use some of them for our prayers of the people.
Jess’s simple non-toxic clearning products
Glass or mirror cleaner: Â In a spray bottle, mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar. Â Shake, spray and scrub.
This doubles as an upholstery or carpet cleaner. Spray on a stain, let sit for 15 minutes. Â Scrub with a sponge and hot soapy water.
“Wonder Cleaner” all-purpose cleaner:Â In a bowl or spray bottle, mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar. Â Add 40 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of lavender essential oil OR lemon essential oil. Â Mix/shake, wipe/spray and scrub.
Grout cleaner: for mold growing on tile grout. Â In a spray bottle, mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with 2 parts water. Â Spray on grout, let sit for an hour. Â Spray again and scrub.
I alsoÂ recommended the following items, which are affordable, easily located and can be used in a variety of ways: borax, lemon, soap (without petroleum distallates) and baking soda.