Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these, [my followers] were silent, the stones would shout out.” - Luke 19: 40
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. -Psalm 118:22
Dear friends -
What a gift we have this Sunday, as Marjorie Gale, Vermont's State Geologist, joins us at the Church on the Common for a special "Fifth Sunday" time. We will hear Marjorie speak about geology, "deep time", and the geologic history of the Craftsbury area. Marjorie was part of the crew that mapped the geology of the area some years back, which incorporated the relatively recent understandings of the role of plate tectonics in the formation and evolution of the Earth's surface and its foundations.
Reverence is not reserved for theology. There is an argument that goes on - and on and on - in some circles, about whether science and religion are, of necessity, in conflict. That there is a basic disagreement between the worlds of facts and research and the worlds of wonder and "God-ness."
I remember a friend who was once learning how to weld. He called me up one evening, all excited that he had just successfully welded iron and non-iron metals together. Apparently this is not easy, but possible, if you know what to do and have the right equipment. And probably practice as well.
So maybe a scientific presentation offered from a pulpit is sort of like welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The right setting, and some practice, makes such things possible.
If you're a deeply religious, or spiritual, soul (whatever that means), you'll love this. If you're on the fence, so to speak, you'll love it as well. We will also welcome Don Houghton and Ned Houston, with their awesome guitar, banjo, and voices, to our sanctuary; they will be singing some great "rock" music, if you catch my meaning.
We always hope to create a holy, respectful, inquiring place to ask big questions and think about great mysteries in the life of this faith community. If we do this humbly and honestly, the distinction between the spiritual and the... well... practical begins to look pretty irrelevant..
And we become more wise, more full of wonder, and more full of love for each other and the Creation by gathering in this Spirit. You are completely welcome to be a blessed part of this effort to unite - to weld - things together that some people think can't be done.
Refreshments, fellowship, and time for questions about rocks and stuff will follow worship. Really, it's all worship. And it's way better when you're present.