First snowfall of the season in Ankeny, Iowa, October 29, 2019. Pictures of leaves on trees in our yard or the neighbor’s yard taken mid-morning. Most of the snow had melted by Noon.
Trinity Sunday. Always the Sunday after Pentecost Sunday in Christian congregations that follow the Revised Common Lectionary (a series of scripture readings that repeats every three years). Focusing on the uniquely Christian, impossible to fully explain, doctrine that there is One God but the One God is three “persons.” It took hundreds of years to develop, going back to the early followers of Jesus, and is something of an answer to the question “Who is Jesus?”
As a substitute preacher last Sunday I avoided pointing out that 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 for many Christians (but not all!) when talking about God.
I also skipped using any illustrations of three-in-one. If I had, I might have used the sassafras tree with its curious characteristic of having three differently shaped leaves on the same branch: un-lobed (oval), bi-lobed (mitten-shaped), tri-lobed (three-pronged). Like everything else a preacher might use, it’s imperfect. But I think it’s kind of fun.
Though I was the youngest one in the building and there was no children’s message listed in the bulletin, I read the book In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and showed the beautiful illustrations done by Phoebe Stone.
God is One. But God is known by many names. Many of us favor one or two particular names for God – name(s) that sometimes change depending on our current life circumstances. Sasso (a Jewish Rabbi) used these names for God in the book:
- Source of Life
- Creator of Light
- Maker of Peace
- My Rock
- Ancient One
In the coffee hour following worship, I thanked the congregants for humoring me and listening to a children’s book. Someone replied that that was the best part of the service!
The sermon was less memorable. But I hope the scripture lessons, the children’s book and/or the sermon caused one person to expand the way they think of God.
No lightening, no thunder, no dark clouds this morning. So I went for a walk down the neighborhood bike trail, pausing to take pictures of late spring leaves. I’m always a bit surprised by the colors and continue to be amazed at how new leaves unfold.
A few more leaf pictures from Thursday’s morning walk.
Such strange flowers / seeds hanging below the leaves.
Leaves and sky and water.
Have you looked, really looked, at leaves on trees in the springtime?
As in walk over to a tree and examine the little bits of green growing on the branches?
New leaves are AMAZING!
Tiny and perfectly shaped.
Reaching for sunlight.
Connected to branch to trunk to earth.
Growing from branches old and new.
Unfurling as they expand.
Ready to dance in a breeze.
Thank-you, Nancy Merrill, for this week’s photo challenge:
… take three photos of the same subject, but from different angles or distances or whatever. This will give you the chance to look at your subject in a lot of different ways. This is the only rule, so have fun.
The pictures are from yesterday’s morning walk (to see post click here). There are more leaf pictures to come!
Wandering down to get the mail on Saturday I noticed the new leaves on the tree in the front yard. It’s finally been sunny and warm enough here in central Iowa for leaves to burst from buds!