St Margaret's News March 2015 - Page 11

by John Williams by giving more attention in our worship and practice to the creative mystery and the cosmic nature of Christ in our tradition. The classic text of John 1.14 reads: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. We have a new story emerging I see the big picture – that God is reconciling and restoring all creation. This is the story we can share with whoever will listen. Creator God blessed the whole creation – which includes us…but not only us… Creator God acts and speaks both within and beyond creation…. God cared so deeply for humanity to become flesh and dwell with us. I am convinced that God cares deeply for all that God has created and continues to create…. To make these re-connections… to understand the epilogue in Revelations and the Hymn to Christ in Colossians chapter 1 – requires much work. To see more clearly God’s concern for the reconciliation and restoration of all creation is a fundamental part of the gospel. It is not a side show, an add-on extra, but rather the gospel at its core. By engaging this truth ensures that we do have a story to lead us into the future. This is my passion – That in the light of this deep gospel story we will need to re-discover, affirm and live out our new story… we need to develop our story...a story that leads us to understand our place and how might live in the ecosystems of the earth so that the whole of creation might be reconciled and renewed. We need to pray, listen to God, ponder the scriptures and learn, grow our new story, a new song for the earth. The hope and assurance that we can is written in Col 1: 19-20 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” St Margaret’s News 11 March 2015