Sunday Morning Message by Melode Mariner, "Natural Wildlife Certification at Koinonia"
Music by Catherine Eicher
We are holding all in our hearts during this time of uncertainty. Until we are able to meet again, we invite the Koinonia community to watch this Sunday morning message.
Order of Service...
Song: A Blessing
Message: by Melode Mariner
Natural Wildlife Certification at Koinonia
Song: Simple Gifts
"When the Earth is sick and the wild animals are disappearing, a tribe made up of people from all cultures will come to say with deeds and not with words, that Love is the source of healing and will help restore life on the planet.”
- Hopi Prophecy
Our DNA is made out of the same DNA as the tree, the tree breaths what we exhale, we need what the tree exhales. So we have a common destiny with the tree.
-Floyd Red Crow Westerman
“… We recognize that we are part of the natural world. Humankind is not a species to which all of creation is subservient. Rather, it is one of many interrelated and interdependent facets of creation more vast than human understanding can grasp.”
- Faith and Practice, Intermountain Yearly Meeting, Advices 2006
“We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits ALL humanity AND nature.”
“To Be Like A Tree”
by Parker Palmer
See how the trees
Reach up and outward
As if their entire existence
Were an elegant gesture of prayer.
See how they welcome the breath of spirit
In all its visible and invisible forms.
See how the roots reach downward and out,
Embracing the physical –
The body and bones
Of its soul of earth and stone,
Allowing half its life to be sheltered
In the most quiet and secret places.
Oh, if I could be more like a tree on this Sunday morning
To feel the breath of invisible spirit touch
Me as tenderly as a kiss on the forehead.
If I could courageously and confidently
Dig down into the dark
Where the ground water runs deep,
Where shelter and sanctuary
Can be had and held.
Ah, to be like a tree
With all its bent and unbent places,
A whole and holy thing
From its topmost twigs
To the deepest taproot,
To all the good and graceful
By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep and alive.
Of course prayer helps. And knowing that we are one with the power that helps the blade of grass break through the concrete.