Fr David's Sermon
19th February 2006
After 2000 years the Church has come up with a feast to celebrate practically everything. There is a patron saint for most organisations and types of person or aspect of life. Often the Church turned something pagan into a Christian celebration. Christmas, Easter, All Saints’ Day, all started life as popular pagan festivals. The feast was tacked onto the existing party or celebration, which is why there is often a tension between the religious and the secular.
There are some exceptions. There is no feast of God the Father, although I remember hearing of a young family turning up at a Watford church on Father’s Day and being disappointed that there was no celebration of that event. Nor is there a feast celebrating God the creator. However the compilers of our new calendar have given this Second Sunday Before Lent a particular focus on creation. It is not quite a feast but we are encouraged to celebrate God’s work in Creation nonetheless.
You can see it in the collect – ‘Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image.’ It is there in Proverbs with the reference to Wisdom present at Creation. Later the Church was to see this as a reference to the Holy Spirit, God’s wisdom. Psalm 104 is a beautiful hymn to creation – ‘Lord how manifold are your works.’ I like its description of Leviathan, a whale playing in the deep.
Then we have today’s NT readings that speak of the role of Christ in creation. Paul writing to the Colossians speaks of God creating all things in and through Christ who holds the whole universe together. St John echoing the words of Genesis ‘In the beginning’ speaks of Jesus as the logos or the word of God. ‘All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being’. Creation is set before us, to contemplate and to rejoice in. Here are four things for us to think about.
Four biblical passages and four thoughts about creation; today may not be a feast but it is a day for celebrating God’s wonderful work in creation and our part in it.
‘I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will make music to my God while I have my being. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Alleluia.’
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