News and events Stories Creationtide - Week One Throughout Creationtide the Mission Team will be running a 'Thought for the day' campaign. Further ideas, Creationtide service sheets and resources are available from Sarah Spencer, Discipleship in the World Officer. 35 different voices from around the diocese have contributed their reflections and the first of these can be read as quotes below. Sarah can be contacted on [email protected] or T: 01522 504075. The bible quotes and questions are from the Revd Richard Clarkson who is Rector of five rural parishes in North Shropshire and we have his kind permission to use them. There is also a free online resource with the full reflection and that can be found here https://www.jri.org.uk/resources/creationtide-reflections/ Here is the content for the first six days: Week One Theme: Creator 1st September - Week One, Day One In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 “The harvest is being gathered and the grain is being milled. Caught on the air are invisible wild yeast spores that through fermentation, transform flour, salt and water into a beautiful, nourishing sourdough loaf. As I sit to eat, I give thanks to the Author of Life who provides enough for all creation’s needs” Sarah Spencer What signs of God’ s creativity can you see around you, or within you today? 2nd September - Week One, Day Two By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6 '...it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus I am, like a feather on the breath of God.' Hildegard of Bingen, sent in by the Revd Dr Sally Myers. Pay attention to the creative power of your breath today, how might this remind you of the breath of God? 3rd September - Week One, Day Three This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24 “This psalm reminds us of the invitation to take joy in the creation and feel gladness. This is a wonderful way to start each day so that we might act positively to care for God's world.” Terry Miller Try to notice the light around you as you go about your day today. Let it draw you into the presence of the God of light. 4th September - Week One, Day Four In him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible … all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 “Today is the first day back at school for many of our children and young people around the Diocese of Lincoln. St Teresa of Avila once said, ‘Christ has no body on earth now but yours, no hands yours… yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.’ I can see God’s fingerprints in the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of all the educators working to create communities of hope around the Diocese.” Gillian Georgiou What signs of God’s fingerprints can you see around you today? 5th September - Week One, Day Five The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. Psalm 24:1 "While camping I awoke to find this strange and ugly 'thing' on the inside of the tent. As a family we watched as the 'brown and ugly' transformed into a large beautiful dragonfly. Beauty in all things when created out of love! Lord, help us to open our eyes to behold your world." Rev Kevin Dyke Notice the ‘dull and ugly’ parts of God’s creation today — can you find beauty in them? 6th September - Week One, Day Six The Creator of the heavens...who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it. Isaiah 42:5 "This summer, in the heart of the French countryside in a commune of less than 600 residents, an English speaking Church of England church with over fifty worshippers. Who would have believed that a church plant in such a remote location, initially set up as a holiday church, would flourish and become a year round worshipping community, with its regular congregation drawn from the surrounding area, many driving over an hour to attend. Don’t be daunted by the obstacles you face - anything is possible with God." Sue Watts What signs of life flourishing in unlikely ways can you see today?