Sunday, September 22
- 9:15am Christian Formation
- Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Ch. 3, The First Half of Life
- 10:00am Fellowship Time
- 10:30am Worship The Season of Creation (see Anne’s Pastor’s Note below)
Wednesday, September 25
- 7:00pm Children’s Ministry with First Baptist in Waukegan
WORSHIP SEASON OF CREATION: A PASTOR’S NOTE BY ANNE
Two ideas expanding my understanding of hearing the Word in worship are 1) considering the Earth as a character in scripture as we did in Genesis 2 this past Sunday, and 2) including all of creation among those to whom the Good News of reconciliation and redemption is directed. In reading the passage below, I realized that my unexamined assumptions about God’s redemptive work in creation were in the “cosmic magic wand” camp. Thank God for those whose passion for creation has inspired them to deeper and more thoughtful conceptualizing of our relationship to both creation and scripture!
Good News in Word and Deed
The proclamation of good news in worship impresses upon us that God’s creativeand redemptive work is for all creation, such that we can see our relationship with God and our response to God’s saving activity within this larger orbit. But more, the good news is not only directed to humans aboutcreation, the gospel is also to be directed tocreation itself. In the so-called lost ending of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus exhorts his followers to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to “the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
How do we proclaim good news to all creation? Our words of good news to nonhuman creation and our blessings on Earth can have a greater effect than we might think. But our good news is also conveyed by our actions of love and care, as we ourselves become agents of reconciliation with the rest of creation, as we let our actions speak louder than our words. God’s wounded planet will not be healed by God waving some grand cosmic wand that removes all ills and immediately turns people into friends of the Earth. Only as humans take up the cross will the suffering for others, all others, turn into healing for the weak and into mending for the broken. This message in word and deed is surely good news for the whole creation! (p. 40)
Fall Congregational Meeting
Our fall congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00pm. The NSMC Board welcomes new participants on the NSMC Board. There are options for a commitment of 1, 2, or 3 years. Please let one of the current Board members–Phil Kym, Kenton Longenecker, Carrie Moser, Kent Grote, Patty Yordy–know if you have interest in participating.
PADS Lunch Preparation on October 5
NSMC is signed up to deliver PADS lunches on October 5. Please contact Phil Kym if you are interested in participating in lunch construction.
Menno Haven Fall Work Day on October 12
You are invited to join others for a day of working together and meeting others who love Menno Haven. Work Day starts with a light breakfast at 8:00am and finishes around 4:00pm. Fee free to come for all or part of the day.
Possible work tasks include: winterizing the cabins, deep cleaning in the hotels and dorms, washing windows, splitting firewood and moving wood to shelters, and hanging plywood in the Shop on the walls and ceilings. Check out Menno Haven’s Work Day page for the most up-to-date information on planned tasks and what to bring list.
Invest in Green Arts and Crafts Supplies
Do you, your kids, or grandkids enjoy art? Buy recycled paper and green products for their projects. Nature is another great way to find art supplies. Twigs, leaves, and flowers are excellent for art projects. The recycling bin can also be a great place for creative minds to find materials.