APRIL SHOWERS…BRING MAY FLOWERS…
Thoughts of MAY have lyrics of a beloved hymn running through my mind so I want to share them.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Hymn No. 20 in our Glory to God hymnal)
Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
1 Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colors, God made their tiny wings. [Refrain]
2 The purple-headed mountain, the river running by, the sunset, and the morning that brightens up the sky: [Refrain]
3 The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, God made them every one. [Refrain]
4 God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well. [Refrain]
In his book on hymns, Albert Bailey writes of this particular one, “For once Mrs. Alexander has forgotten her theology and lost herself in the beauty of nature” (The Gospel in Hymns, 354). Many of us, if not all, have had these moments. Whether we’re in a park, on a mountain, at the sea or a lake, or simply driving down the highway with a glorious sunset behind us, it is not difficult to find ourselves lost in the beauty of God’s creation. These scenes should bring to mind Genesis 1:31: “And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Albert Bailey is perhaps mistaken when he claims that Alexander forgot her theology in the writing of these verses. For when we are in the midst of God’s creation, are our ideas of who God is not being shaped by all that we see? God made a good creation, and God loves it. Our God is a good God, who gives us good things, and then tasks us with taking care of them. Our God is imaginative, and God’s creation is both whimsical and sometimes startlingly majestic. Let us lift our voices in praise to our maker, the creator of all things bright and beautiful.
MAY ALSO BRINGS MOTORCYCLES, MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATE RECOGNITION AND MEMORIAL DAY!
BIKE AND BIKER BLESSING – Saturday, May 6, (10 a.m. -12 noon) Ruling Elder Terry Baker, Pastor Tom Dendy, Rev. Becky Kiser, Ruling Elder Nancy Resnick, and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club will help Celebration host a BLESSING FOR MOTORCYCLES AND RIDERS. This event is open to any and all motorcycle enthusiasts, church members, friends and neighbors. Help spread the INVITATION to share in this time of fellowship, worship/blessing, and a free hot dog luncheon provided by our church and the Blue Knights. So rev your motorcycles, raise your kickstands and cruise on in for a BIKE AND BIKER BLESSING. (*Saturday, May 20 is our RAIN DATE.*)
Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day — Honor your MOM by worshipping (11:00 a.m.) at Celebration!
Sunday, May 21 is Graduate Recognition Sunday at Celebration for Jade Bender, Ashlyn Burrows and Michelle Rashid during morning worship (11:00 a.m.)
Monday, May 29 is MEMORIAL DAY – Honoring Our Armed Services and Ushering in the Tourist Season.
MAY – GOD BLESS US ALL!