This is about the time in the summer when we have to start pulling weeds from our gardens. Where all things green were hopeful just a few weeks back, now we are faced with the challenge of sorting that which is nourishing and beautiful from that which takes the eye and energy from the garden. As such, this Sunday's 10am worship at Guilford Community Church, UCC, appropriately focuses on seed-sowing with the beautiful scripture found in Isaiah 55: 10-13 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Pastor Lise Sparrow will offer reflections on the Church as "sower" and the choir will offer two anthems, "By The Waters of Babylon" and "Navajo Prayer" under the direction of Connie Green. The children's story will focus on Johnny Appleseed nee Chapman, a pioneer and preacher who planted trees across the midwest.After the summer the children will enjoy outside play and art projects focused on the earth.
This worship is part of a six month series NOT ORDINARY TIMES, which focuses on God's relation to the earth and its creatures. In the cycle of the traditional church year, the time between Pentecost and Advent is considered "ordinary time." But these are not ordinary times, either in the church or in terms of global ecological disruption. To be faithful and relevant in such times, it is essential that churches be intentional about addressing the new and challenging questions of faith and ethics that are raised by our unique situation.