…. Welcome to the Living Stream Church of the Brethren! We worship together online on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm Pacific Timezone (6:00 Mountain Time, 7:00pm Central Time, 8:00 Eastern Time). Join us then at our web streaming host to find the doorway to our online gatherings, with friends from around the country and around the world. All are welcome here!
This is a new thing we are doing, but it is firmly rooted in the traditions of love, communication, adventure, and respect we have inherited from our roots in the Church of the Brethren. Please find out more about who we are and hope to be, and how you can connect with us.
Take action for Planet Earth, wherever you live, with the Planet Earth Pledge. This growing movement invites people of faith to commit to do one action for the Earth each week through 2014. Every Wednesday, they provide easy actions to take to help our planet.
> It’s still winter in Chicago, Illinois, where Jill DeCourseytook this photo of a street in Hyde Park.
“For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild animals may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.”
- Exodus 23: 10-11 (NRSV)
Bruce and MarySue show us a cactus awaiting blooms, 18-20 miles north of the Rio Grande River and Mexican Border, near Elsa, Texas.
One of my favorite songs about nature is “Morning Has Broken” which references “God’s Re-Creation” that takes place on a daily basis. Daily life can be upsetting and joyful, but Lent offers us a time and space to think beyond our current situations to the wonder of this universe. While many of us may not observe Lent in the traditional way, such as fasting, we do focus on the world around us and the people that fill our lives.
I live in Southern California which brings to mind palm trees and sunny weather to many. The diversity of nature here is far more amazing than that one particular plant. Despite even severe drought, fire, or floods, nature in Southern California will insist on a way to succeed. One very vivid and beautiful example was the flowering of the Joshua Trees last year, not only here in California, but across the Southwestern US (pictured here). The drought and high temperatures have been severe, even for the desert areas the past two years, and some scientists had stated that the flowering may have been a reaction for survival of the species to this dry time.
Humanity and the rest of the creation are tied into God’s workings, and we take assurance at the sunset, that the sun will rise tomorrow. We are shown God’s love on a continual basis through the teachings of Jesus, each other’s love, and the world around us.
Reading Earth in Scripture: today we look at the work of Sabbath, as it relates to time and also to the land we are charged to honor and uphold. Yet so often, land motivates not honor but warfare and greed. We consider both Christian and Jewish views of Sabbath as we are joined by Sonia-Marie Leikam in Portland.
Lyn shows us a stained glass window from the Martin Chapel, Seminary building of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
It’s the last day before Daylight Savings Time, a secular reminder of how much light and dark affect our lives. Starting tomorrow, mornings will be dark an hour later and evenings will be light an hour later. And every day, we get a few more minutes of daylight as we inch toward summer. What will you do with this change in lightfall? Will you take on new activities? Or get outside more often, or later?
Step outside and say a prayer of gratitude for the light – and the dark – at this time of year.
Linda shares her ‘Desert Delight Nectarine’ from San Diego.