Today we pray for the world and for one another as Carolyn reflects on the story of Jacob’s struggle with the angel from the book of Genesis,
and David Cundy, Judy Morgan and David Morgan share their own stories of struggle. Thank you to Carolyn Newall for the beautiful scripture reading.
A reflection from Sherry Maddock, our Neighbourhood Engagement Coordinator and resident gardener.
I have always thought of seeds as a start, an origin point. Spring comes and it warms up and seeds embody the start of a season, the start of a plant’s life, the start of a relationship. Seeds are an enduring symbol of promise, something on its way in a very small package.
It wasn’t until I no longer had access to seeds (world-wide pandemic buying), that I went looking for them out in our Verandah Café garden. In search of future plants, I found both flowers and herbs with perfectly dried seed heads, waiting to be harvested. On this cold autumn day, I realised something for the first time – seeds begin at the end. It is not until the final stage of a plant’s life-cycle that seeds appear. Death prepares for life.
Thank goodness I found dried out flowers and pods standing ready to provide to the next generation a new version of themselves. Before I knew it, this errand of seed saving brought me hope. Hope and seeds are so closely related, the former materialised in the latter. Both promise something to come and contain so much unseen. Like hope, seeds hold time in captivity, demonstrating the power of dormancy and the wait for the right conditions.
For me, hope is a hard-earned present sense of longing that exists only for a future reality. Cultivated and experienced in the now, it is for something to come. A seed encapsulates hope – a tiny suitcase of goodness that unpacks itself in the future. Seeds are like genesis treasures; they have a priceless supply of life in exponential quantities, hosting all that is necessary for life to begin.
Today, in the presence of cold and tired plants, I witnessed the end of one life and the beginning of another. Life carries on through seeds. Seeds reassure us that we have what we need for next year.
Today Carolyn shares some reflections on our experiences of discontent and what we might learn from the biblical prophets. The Melbourne-based performance poet Joel McKerrow offers a spoken word piece about the experience of lockdown, and our CSBC deacons lead us in prayer.
At the end of today’s video our friends from the Flinders St Baptist Church in Adelaide share a greeting and words of blessing.
Today Carolyn Francis asks how we choose to nourish our spirits during a time of crisis, and Sherry Maddock gives us a story of good news and mission from Central House. It is heartening to know that hope and generosity prevail, even in moments like this one!
We hope many of you will also join us online for communion this morning. A link was sent via email during the week.
Today we hear some reflections on the themes of Comfort and Isolation led by Simon Holt and Ben Verghese, with prayers and readings from Carolyn Francis, Brenda Holt and Shirley Graves-Mortimer, and music played by David Cundy.
As we continue exploring the Vocabulary of our Faith, today Rev Carolyn Francis reflects on the word Spirituality, and what it means in our contemporary context. We enjoy music from David Cundy and Kenny Ong, and hear some words of wisdom from some of our CSBC friends.
For lovers of organ music there is an organ postlude at the end of the service.