Genesis 2 & 3
And so it begins again: the season of Creation.
Absolutely we should have such a season, a season of beginnings, a season of imagination, a season of creative intent, a season of confession for how we have lived in relationship with creation, a season of recognising the deep moral imperative that set creation alive.
All this in the second story of creation that we shall read on Sunday: where humans are made and a partner is sought for we are designed to live in relationship with each other.
This version of the creation story is not a great hymn of praise like the first one, but full of 'myth' in the true sense of the word: images full of meaning that give worth and value to creation. This is bigger than chronological history or a history full of events, this is history with meaning and value, exploring the truth and intent of relationship, with creation and with the creator and with each other.
It's a story to be told of beginnings and the desire for a hope-filled future, and the creative way we explore our relationships with the earth and each other. It places us in creation and call us beyond that too. Only faith stories do that. History can't so why limit sich stories to that?
This week we sing our way through creation in a songs of praise service with stories and words to hold these songs as it is the launch of our 52 Hymns project.