Cotton elds and woods surround the retreat house I visit in Scott, Georgia. Few houses line the road that leads to the Green Bough House of Prayer. I see a horse or two and a rooster
that announces dawn at all hours of the night and day. Unlike my home in the city, there are no high-rise condominiums, no of ce buildings sprawling block after block, and no strip malls. Compared to the places I live and work, the quiet and simplicity of the setting attract me and others to nd our way there when we can.
A year or two ago, another retreatant shared a time-lapse video of the night sky at Green Bough. It still may be out in cyberspace somewhere. As wonderful as the video is, it only hints at the awe-inspiring skies I see when I walk out of the chapel onto the porch after night prayer. Undimmed by the arti cial light of the city, the stars and moon and planets are so vivid that I am overwhelmed when I experience them after I have been away long enough to forget their power.
On a clear night, the majesty of the sky is almost too much to take in. I walk in the yard outside the guesthouse and turn until I think I have taken in every view of the dome above my head. Only when my neck begins to cramp do I reluctantly climb the steps and sit in a porch rocker for a more comfortable view, one that I can sustain until I go back inside to sleep.
I like to think that the psalmist had a similar view that prompted the words of praise to God for all that God has cre- ated. Like the psalmist, I nd it dif cult to comprehend that I am as important to God as those beautiful stars.

Thank God for experiences that con rm God’s presence as Creator.

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Read Matthew 28:16-20

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Lectionary Week
June 5–11, 2017
Scripture Overview

Trinity Sunday is an appropriate time for the church to reflect on the dynamic tension between what we know of God and our attempts to formulate and articulate what we know. The Genesis text demonstrates that the God of Israel, the creator of heaven and earth, is unlike other gods and must be served and worshiped exclusively. The psalm asserts the same power of God but is more explicit about the implications for human life of God’s governance. The Gospel reading re ects on the gift of God’s presence in the church, a presence marked by moral expectation and demand, as well as assurance. The epistle reading voices the strange convergence of God’s authority and God’s remarkable grace known through the presence of Christ.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Genesis 1:1–2:4a. God takes a break. When do you allow yourself to step away from the busyness of the world for some much-needed sabbath time?
• Read Psalm 8. This song of praise exalts the order and majesty of creation. We, like the psalmist, ask, “God, why do you care for humankind?” How do you respond?
• Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13. What ways can you envision yourself acting to calm disagreements and tension within your church community?
• Read Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus gives his disciples clear instructions: Go, make disciples, baptize, teach. How is your discipleship evident in your “going”?

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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