This week at Berwick Anglican we are celebrating our ‘Flower Show Sunday’, with a number of wonderful floral displays set up around the Church building. These complement our worship space’s main architectural feature; it’s splendid glass wall out look upon our gardens and grassy hill over overshadowed by those two grand gum trees. But all this is not mere decoration, rather should remind us of the splendour of God’s creative power!
As the famous opening of Psalm 19 puts it; ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands’ (Psalm 19:1). One of the purposes of the beauty of the created world is to point to God, as the wonder of the universe reveals something of the majesty of its creator.
But perhaps the greatest example of God’s creative power is displayed through his redemption and re-creation of his people in Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul marveled; ‘if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ (2 Co 5:17). And with that in mind it is also a great joy to celebrate a number of baptisms and confirmations at our 5pm service this week, where the candidates will publicly declare their faith in the redemptive promises of Jesus.
So today give thanks to God for the splendour of his creation, and even more so for his re-creation of us in Christ.