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Sunday 21st June 2020
The Church Notices and this weeks service are in the documents on the right. Please click on the link to the right to read.
Thinking about this weekend’s summer solstice got me thinking about our connection to the rhythms of life and creation. As technology and industrialization has increased, much of our interaction with the circle of the seasons has been minimized or lost.
What is the Summer Solstice? Summer Solstice, also called midsummer in some places, is the longest day of the year. Also, in many areas, it’s considered the first day of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, it happens between June 20-22.
Around the world, it’s celebrated in lots of different ways. From music festivals to surf contests, people come together to celebrate the sunshine.
Saint Francis of Assisi, a lover of the environment, wrote a hymn called Canticle of the Sun you may want to use as a prayer. Here is an excerpt:
‘Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.’
Here are some ways to celebrate Summer Solstice Thank God for the sun. Explore all the ways the sun provides for life. Talk about it with your family and take time to show your thankfulness for God’s gift of creation.
We can enjoy the sunlight, it helps to produce vitamin D. (be careful not to get burnt though!) Go swimming, perhaps when lock down allows you can to go the beach or lake. Go for a hike or ten-minute walk around the block. Picnic at a park or in your own back garden. Do some gardening, plant some seeds. Just take time to feel the sunshine on your skin. Notice its warmth and how it energizes you.
Have a BBQ. Nothing says summer like cooking outside. Enjoy the long afternoon and evening, whatever you do. Push bedtime back a bit for longer playtime and memory-making.
Make sun catchers. Find a creative way to express your love of light and creation through craft and art. There are several ways to make sun catchers. The simple objective is to create something that allows for light to pass through it when it’s hung in a window. Get creative with materials and assembly. Need some inspiration? https://artfulparent.com/stained-glass-suncatcher-ideas-kids/
Happy Summer, friends! This solstice enjoy the sun and notice all it makes possible on this glorious planet. Find space to sink into the rhythms of the Earth and celebrate. We can remember too that in the climate crisis the suns energy can be harnessed to for us to use.
“[Rather than fossil fuels and coal], I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!…” Thomas Edison. What if the sun is God’s gift to us – not just in terms of warmth, sunlight and the means for plants to engage in photosynthesis – but as renewable, abundant, clean energy?
Prayer: We thank you lord for the gift of creation especially the sun today, for its life-giving properties that you have embodied within it. We thank you for your son Jesus Christ and the life that we have with him through the Holy Spirit. We thank you for the continued work of the NHS and other key workers as lockdown changes and new things take place. We are aware that you are in every moment of our lives as we look forward in hope to our lives. In Jesus name. Amen
Have a good week everyone, if you make a sun catcher, maybe we can put it up in the church window. Reverend Gina
For those people who are not on ‘Facebook’, there is ‘Sunday Worship’ on BBC1 at 10.45 am and there is also a service on Radio 4 at 8.10 am on Sunday morning. Then at 1.15 pm there is ‘Songs of Praise’ on BBC1. The Methodist website has a Bible reading and a daily prayer for those of you online. Alton Methodist Church has an online service