St Helen's Church
St Michael's Church
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In my 55 years as a vicar, I have classed myself as a sacra mentalist in theology stressing how God uses elements of our natural world, water, bread etc, to work miracles of empowering, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing and faith as sacramental means of grace.
A recently a group of renowned scientists signed a statement about Preserving and Cherishing the Earth which says "Many of us have had profound experiences of awe and wonder and reverence as we see the Universe. We understand that what is regarded as sacred is more likely to be treated with care and respect. Our planetary home should be so regarded. Efforts to save and safeguard and cherish the environment need to be infused with such a vision of the sacred."
So I believe that just as God uses elements of our natural world, water in baptism and water bread and wine in holy communion to work miracles of re birth, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing and faith, so a renewed sense of the interdependency of everyone and everything in the world is a sacrament of eco justice
.In a world with more and more extinct species, holes in the ozone layer, ice melting at the Poles, seas rising faster than ever before and water and air becoming more toxic almost day by day, we Christians must use our brains more to realise that nature, this world, indeed the whole universe is of course a precious gift from God.
It is interesting that the word "ecology" comes from the same Greek word for "house"..oikos..God has given us the earth as a house to look after, respect, and care for. To keep it in good repair for our children, grandchildren and godchildren is not just a political, economic, or green issue, but a sacramental issue also in a world of disrupted, damaged, dying ecological systems..
God's creations in the word are his voice appealing to you and me not only to join people of goodwill about doing what intelligent things we out to be doing about preserving our environment, but as Christians to love the world and care for it to the glory of God.