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July 2019

July 31, 2019

Thoughts From The Cottage

Dear Friends

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold
against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

As the psalmist said God created everything and put it under our control. The responsibility is ours to care for this planet and pass it on in good shape to future generations. Our legacy is what we leave behind. We cannot ignore climate change and global warming, either at a macro or a micro level and we cannot ignore the fairtrade movement. Should we become an eco-church and a fairtrade church? At the moment we do not qualify for either. Recently I have seen some examples of eco-churches, of churches with solar panels and of fairtrade churches. As well as getting the certificate it has changed them. People think about the issues at home as well as at church and the community knows about and sees the church taking a lead on issues that affects us all. Then there is World Car Free Day which presents a challenge to many of us. Further details on all these issues will be found later in this Newsletter.

Travelling round the local area reveals issues with all of these. Cars regularly parked or driven on double yellow lines, pavements and grass verges. Litter, primarily but not exclusively from so called fast food outlets, strewn along pavements and roadsides. Bus stops blocked by parked cars. Lorries ignoring size and weight restrictions on roads. Vandalism damaging trees, plants and buildings. Lack of fairtrade products in shops. Cars unnecessarily used for short trips. Rubbish dropped on buses and trains. Smokers discarding cigarette ends anywhere.  Fly tipping. Recyclable material in general waste. Rubery is not unique, it is nationwide.

Of course, it is not all bad. The street cleaning done by Clive and his colleagues, shop frontages swept by shopkeepers and the planters from Rubery in Bloom do make Rubery a better place. In addition many people recycle everything they can, do not drop litter and park thoughtfully. This all makes a vast difference to our community.

Our challenge is show God’s love for his creation through our actions as his servants, the followers of Jesus Christ.

Ian Ring