As the days start to lengthen, there is a feeling of something stirring in the garden. Green fingers are getting twitchy and we want to clear the litter of last year’s growth to discover the green shoots of snowdrops and daffodils poking up out of the damp soil.
There are certainly signs of life in the community garden at St Mark’s. See if you can spot the beautiful ‘turkeytail’ fungus (pictured below) growing on a dead laurel stump near the shed, or the shy primroses blooming in the wild meadow. This area will generously reveal its secrets throughout the year until it is finally mowed in the late summer, enabling regeneration the following spring. To find out what you might expect to see, have a look in the lovely Green and Wild folder at the back of church. Feel free to borrow it for a week.
Just as the garden renews itself each year, our church community is a living body, subject to a similar cycle of apparent death and resurrection. Beloved friends worship and work with us, enriching our lives. Pam and Phil’s departure is painful but they leave us a fecundity ripe for metamorphosis and new growth. We are grateful for the time they have spent with us and pray for them as they put roots down in another place.
Creator God, we pray that you will help us to welcome change and to see your hand at work in every situation. Thank you for the diversity of our church community and for the variety of gifts we share. Although our shape may change and evolve we continue to work and worship together as part of Christ’s body in the world.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” Teresa of Avila