From The Minister...
Every month Melbourn Baptist Church Minister, Stuart Clarke gives us a roundup of the latest work and challenges within the Church. This month's article is below.Archive >
The heavens declare the glory of God; The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after Day they pour forth speech; Night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
For the magazine this month I thought I would bring a Tribute from the Address I brought at the thanksgiving funeral service for Ruth Ruby Panton. Ruth loved the notion of the creative order of God, she often talked of the beginning of all things found in the account of Genesis and how the universe was amazing. Ruth would challenge us to think about God’s existence being found in the intrinsic beauty of all creation.
The Beauty of a Star filled evening, the magnitude of space. The Beauty of a Sun filled day that brings life and vitality into creation. The seasons moving through their cycles, a universe that is finely tuned to life on earth and the creative order with its biological lifecycles. Microbes to plankton, mosses to plants, and birds to animals.
Creation intrinsically speaks of its creator Psalm 19 says: God’s loving personality, image and design is found in creation. God’s love for creation transforms, a chance existence into a divine goal, the meaningless into the sacred, the unplanned into the planned, the impersonal into the personnel. Divine purpose found with a movement form nothing to something.
As the codes of life found in DNA, unfurl into growth as specialised cell division occurs.
God’s identity is found in creation, existence, and nature.
God has left clues in nature because God wants to be found. In Psalm 19 there is an expectation to reflect on creation and draw some conclusions from it regarding existence. Psalm 19 calls us to be pleasing in the sight of our Lord who saves us.
We please God when we allow our story to entwine in Jesus’ story. The more it entwines the more likely we are to show our love to God and others. Ruth’s story and Jesus’ story defiantly entwined throughout her life.
This entwining has lead Ruth to be with her creator in heaven. The love we have for God goes beyond this lifetime. The eternal nature of God makes a way for humanity to experience eternity through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
Ruth’s life commends us from Psalm 19 to take time in our lives to make a serious investigation of the evidence of the reality of God all around us.
As we move through the current sermon series on discipleship, I hope that Ruth’s story will continue to inspire Jesus’ story, to entwine into our stories.