This sermon series includes all the sermons preached in September with themes related to our care for and relationship with creation. Sermon September 20, 2015     Psalm 19: 1-6          Sky Watching  by Rev. June Fothergill Several years ago I went on a silent retreat at Mt Angel with my mom.  It was interesting for me to be in silence, especially during meal times.  Fortunately the dining room of the retreat center had picture windows looking out on the grounds and the sky above.  I remember spending much time eating my meal and “ sky watching”  Just taking the time to contemplate the sky and how it slowly changed before me.  It was restful watching the sky that week.  Like Ann of Green Gables said,  I let my sky watching become my prayer. The Psalmist also has this understanding that looking up at the sky allows one to encounter the Holy One.  The sky speaks of the glory of God in a way different than human words and speech.   Sky watching invites us to let  God’s creation reveal God’s presence to us.   This is captured in  this poetic paraphrase of our passage: “ Sky watchers” Slowly, slowly the sun began to rise. The light from the sun filled the whole sky and turned the sky color to blue. The sky glowed and shone with the light of the sun. Tiny white clouds began to gather in the sky. One by one… two by two.. Until there were whole groups of clouds running and spinning across the sky! They played tag and danced in and out of the light from the sun. The sky tippled and flowed with all the clouds The sky seemed to shout, “ Look up! Look up! What can you see?” Then slowly ,, slowly the clouds slipped away. The sun began to set. The day was over The sky grew darker and darker. Soon there was no light form the sun. Soon a glow began to spread across the dark sky. Slowly, slowly the moon began to rise The light from the moon filled the whole sky. The sky glowed and shone with the light of the moon. Tiny twinkling stars began to gather in the sky. One by one, two by two, until there were whole groups of stars winking And twinkling across the sky. The sky glittered with all the stars. The sky seemed to shout, “ Look up! Look up! What can you see?” Then slowly, slowly the stars slipped away. The moon began to set. The night was over And the sky got ready to start another day. (  Seasons of the Spirit Pentecost...

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