Thought for the month

Summer 2019

A message from Duncan:

“All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small”

As we experience another summer, I can’t help but be struck by the wonder of creation. The vibrant green of the leaves on trees and shrubs, the blossom in all it’s bright variety of colours, flowers coming into bloom  and the activity of the wildlife – birds nesting, bees busily buzzing after the nectar and the sheer beauty of new life in all its forms.

This surely is the right time, then, to recall the words of that most well-known of traditional hymns, which goes on to remind us that “all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” And there is also never a better time to remind ourselves that God, the creator of all things good, has granted us the privilege, but also the great responsibility of being stewards of his wonderful creation.

Sadly, and especially in the last couple of centuries in the industrialised world, we humans have neglected that responsibility and have abused all the natural resources of creation. We are, at long last, beginning to realise that if we don’t do something very soon, we will be jeopardising the well-being of this amazing planet forever!

Which is why St Christopher’s is working hard to take a responsible lead in this effort. We have made a start by gaining the Eco Church Bronze Award – but we know that we still have a long way to go. Which is why we have included an objective of both consolidation of what we do at Bronze Award level and also to aim to move towards gaining the Sliver Eco Church Award . And a significant aspect of this work will be to assist the wider Parish community in becoming more ecologically-minded and aware – so that, together, we can all contribute to caring for God’s wonderful creation and praise his glory – as in the final verse of that old hymn:

 “He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
how great is God almighty,
 who has made all things well.

With love and every blessing,