[Exodus 12 and Psalms 149 & 119]: Local churches and denominations vary in their commitment to the defining festivals of our faith, whether it’s ‘just another Sunday’ or the heavy demands of Harvest, Christmas,Easter and Pentecost, or the longer journeys of discipline and reflection in Advent and Lent. Then there’s this more recently defined Season of Creation, training us as responsible peacemakers and partners in the health of God’s Earth. Whatever you do, and however much or little you do, make all of it count, and seek out the potential for motivation and meaning: lip-service and ‘just going through the motions’ reflects ingratitude for such opportunities passed on through many generations of a global family gathered through the shared ‘blood’ of Christ. Ezekiel (33) affirms both the deadly seriousness of chosen injustice and the transformational value of changing course, even when it seems too late. Paul (Romans 13) continues to work on the moral quality and integrity of the worshipping, witnessing community: fellowship and mutual love are the foundations of effective action. This leads on in Matthew 18 into the extraordinary care to be shown in church discipline, noting how harmful attitudes and actions left unattended can disrupt the entire community – and yet how a beloved yet wayward member should not simply be sacrificed ‘for the common good’. Be proud of this heritage. And don’t be afraid to assert it against less loving ways.
John Collings -URC Lay Preacher, and Trustee of EcoCongregation Scotland writes on Ezekiel 33. Rev Mark Slaney, District Chair of the Methodist Church for Scotland and Sheltand, contributes our reflection on Matthew 18. Paul Haringman, Acorn director, Scotland, writes on Psalm 119. Rev Gillean Richmond, Cof S minister in Troon, writes on Romans 13
****Look out for the second of Rev Justin Taylor’s video conversations on Psalm 149: (18 minutes), via link or QR code
****There’s an additional set of prayers this week from Dr Pat Bennett of the Iona Community
Please look for the full-length video reflection at the bottom of the page:
PDF OF NOTES ON ALL THIS WEEK’S READINGS
A sermon idea for week 2
PRAYERS AND WORSHIP MATERIAL WEEK 2
PRAYER SET : DR PAT BENNETT, IONA COMMUNITY
Full-length video reflection for Week 2 of the Season of Creation, filmed at the Italian Chapel, Orkney. With Supporting location reading.