Reflection for week 16 September 2018
The wholeness of creation.
Harvest Sunday is a time when we not only celebrate and give thanks for the harvests of farm, field and sea, but also when weremember our responsibility to the earth. This is reflected in our readings and hymns. The section in Singing the Faith entitled 'The wholeness of creation' has a wonderful hymn by Shirley Erena Murray (729 in Singing the Faith) which reminds us of this. It has a lilting tune called 'Tenderness':
Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently, nourish the life of the world in our care;
gift of great wonder, ours to surrender, trust for the children tomorrow will bear.
We who endanger, who create hunger, agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster clouds of disaster, God of our planet, forestall and forgive!
Let there be greening, birth from the burning, water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God's garden, hope for God's children, regeneration that peace will complete.
God of all living, God of all loving, God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us, Christ reconnect us, using us gently and making us one.