“All things, bright and beautiful, all creatures, great and small…”
#405, Hymnal 1982
As I look out on the garden at St Thomas Church, I see all kinds of creatures: birds of all sizes and colors, squirrels, chipmunks, even an occasional fox, and the neighbor’s cats (who seem topatrol every afternoon). Bright and beautiful. All creatures, great and small. God’s hospitalityto us, and the hospitality we can offer to our community and all who pass by. We then carry this hospitality out into our lives, our household, places of work and education, our communities andour world.
The collect for this Sunday asks for God’s inspiration that we may ‘think those things that are right,’ and by God’s guiding we may do them. We do this best when we, ourselves, are nurtured, supported and fed through regular prayer and attendance at worship in our community of faith.
The words of the fourth verse of the above hymn are these:“He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell how great is God Almightywho hath made all things well.”
Let us pray:
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This weekend we will celebrate with an outdoor service and picnic, beginning at 10:00. If it does happen to rain, we will move the celebration indoors. See below for more information.
The following Sunday, June 17, we will go on our summer worship schedule: one service at 9:00 am, with hymns. All are always welcome!
Peace and blessing,