June 11, 2017
Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a

 

 

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God they were created male and female. (Genesis 1:26 – 27)

 

What does it mean to be created in the image of God? How are we “like” God? Lutheran theologian Philip Hefner calls humanity the “Created Co-Creators,” suggesting that it is our creative potential, (our unique human ability to step back and reflect on life, and then add something new to it,) that is the image of God within each of us. So it that when we are active in the creative process, we are engaging that likeness of God that is within us. We have been called, designed, and made – to create!

 

And what a privilege! Can there be a greater destiny, a greater vocation? God has invited each of us to be artists. To be joyful and passionate about our work, to see our work as something more, something extraordinary, to be actively involved in the formation of the world and its movement toward the future, the unfolding of creation, the creation of a new heaven and a new earth, the coming of the Kingdom of God, the final fulfillment of creation.

 

Renowned artist, Pablo Picasso once wrote, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” 
Louis Nizer, 20th century trial lawyer and writer, wrote, “A person who works with their hands is a laborer; a person who works with their hands and their mind is a craftsman; but a person who works with their hands and their brain and their heart is an artist.” This week the scriptures invite us to go deeper into our existence, to discover the artist within, and to begin again to create, to live from the heart, to co-create within the kingdom of God that is present and is yet to come. Amen.

 

      1. The Magical Moment

 

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

You’ve been held a prisoner
Going on a thousand years
Someone else’s expectations
Your own set of fears
Going on a thousand years

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

Your mind has been on overtime
Creating a distorted world
lonely and preoccupied
White flag unfurled,
Creating a distorted world

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

Wondering if you ever gave it all
The law laughs and the heart cries
The eternal daydream
Under blue sunny skies
And the heart still cries

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really
Imagine, Imagine, Who you really are,
Imagine, Imagine, Who you really are,
Imagine who you really are
Imagine

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

 

 

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