There is something exciting about Spring, and I’m never sure if it is because school is finishing up, the Easter season is in full swing, the weather is improving, or maybe just a combination of all three. I am getting more excited as the youth and I work on planning upcoming events, like the talent show next May, the Rough Riders game in June, and the youth mission trip to Denver. However, that doesn’t change the fact that today’s work must continue: Preparing for the Earth day service, leading Bible study, and helping people that come through the door.
Part of the challenge and joy of Earth Day is figuring out how to get today’s work done while reserving energy and resources for tomorrow. We’ve been working hard to figure out how to have electricity, water the plants, and drink coffee without doing more damage to the earth. This Sunday, I hope that we will celebrate the accomplishments we’ve had together while we work to continue striving for the planet’s future.
It should be a beautiful service. Mosaic Song is joining us, we are mixing up some of the service elements, and I will be preaching the “Doubting Thomas” passage, as promised. But I am extending the passage to include the equally “doubting” disciples who were approached by Jesus just a week before. Through an exploration of this passage, we will ask what keeps us from believing that we can make a difference for the earth, and how we can step out from hiding to be bold stewards of our planet.
Peace be with you,
Zane Ridings- Minister-in-Training