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Co-Preaching for Creation - Kate Nelson & Peter Ilgenfritz

Clergy and lay people often have many opportunities to preach on behalf of God’s creation. The two members told personal stories of their relating with the natural world, and the pastor poetically wove the stories together. Here is a portion from the end of the sermon:

Clergy and lay people often have many opportunities to preach on behalf of God’s creation.  Kate Nelson, an Earth Ministry Colleague from University Congregational United Church of Christ (Seattle), gave a joint sermon with one of her pastors (Peter Ilgenfritz) and another church member.  The two members told personal stories of their relating with the natural world, and the pastor poetically wove the stories together.  Here is a portion from the end of the sermon:

Kate: “…we saw salmon fingerlings as we were planting and weeding.  Returning Coho salmon were here to spawn last fall.  Do I believe in miracles?  Yes I do.  This [once-devastated stream] is a Little Miracle, to me an almost incredible demonstration that Spirit can heal what seemed utterly broken, a vision of God’s restored earth, beyond what I could imagine. …”

Peter: “We are a people rooted in a vision, a promise that the holy, awesome presence of God dreams before us.  A vision of God’s new and abundant life has been set before our very eyes.  God is working a newness out of the shambles of the world.  A newness even far beyond our making and wildest imagining – a newness that we are called to be swept up in, in our lives and action, our prayers and advocacy, our hopes and our dreams. …”

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