Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day Sunday. Many years ago, we provided an office for Dr. Jim Ball who had begun a venture I thought at the time was a fruitless endeavor, CreationCare. His goal was to confront evangelicals with the truth of climate change and the biblical mandate to be good stewards of the earth. Now, many years later, all I can say is, thank you, Jim! Rolling Stone magazine identified him as a climate change warrior. So Riverside has had a stake in at the very least supporting efforts to educate and advocate for environmental protections. This Sunday will be another opportunity to reflect and take seriously the call to stop polluting the earth.
Joining us will be our friends from Westminster Presbyterian Church. Co-Pastor Ruth Hamilton will be preaching in our service at Jefferson Middle School at 10 a.m. and then we’ll amble together to Westminster for a potluck, shared lunch (bring food to share, please). Could it be that Riverside and Westminster are planting a tree of life in SW on this Earth Day Sunday? I think so. In fact, I would say we are well on the way to doing that, having shared in a Christmas Eve Service just this past December and recently in a Maundy Thursday Worship together. Westminster is so rooted in justice and community service and Ruth and Brian have been devoted servants in their church and our community. It is an honor to receive them into our worship this coming Sunday. I hope you’ll join us to welcome them. And look, what we’re finding as we share is that we inspire each other, enjoy each other and through this fellowship we improve our community. So this coming Sunday, join us for an Earth Day Ecumenical Tree of Life planting!
~See you Sunday