Sunday 7th June 2020
1st after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

The reading from Genesis 1 re-emphasises many of the themes that were reflected in the previous week's lectionary readings. Again we are confronted with the origin of work, in that we as human beings are made in the image of a God who is creative, enterprising and life giving. This connection might further be made through a contemporary reflection on the creation narrative. Each day of creation can be represented by a contemporary object that forges a link with those things that God has made. So for example day one might be a candle, light bulb or curtain (with which we create darkness); day two might be an aeroplane or balloon; day three a tin of vegetables; day four, an electronic timer, and so on. This might well be developed as a children's address making the points:

We are dependant on creation for our working lives through which we make these things

We are dependant on working people, to bring the gifts of God's creation to us in a way that we can use and benefit from them.

This offers obvious opportunities for prayers of thanksgiving and commission, many of which are available from the ICF website and other publications.

The theme of God as the source of work is expanded further in Psalm 8, here it explicitly states that humanity Is commissioned to continue the work of God by taking "mastery over the works of Your hands" (v7)