Wetlands Church: hearing the voice of God in Creation
The first ”Wetlands Church” took place in Cape Town in the beautiful Glencairn Valley. Led by Fr Bob Commin we walked a poetic spiritual journey from the sea through the wetlands. We started with a prayer on the beach watching the waves and hearing the wind, sensing the presence of the Holy Spirit “ I am the wind that breathes upon the sea”.
We looked up at the grandeur of the mountains and gave thanks for God’s greatness but also recognized the damage done by human beings: “generations have trod, have trod, have trod,and all is smeared with trade”.
Then we spent some time alone in the silence to let God speak to us through creation.
“Forest Church” has been planted in Cape Town and we are excited to see where God will take us!
Next year we will have monthly reflective, interactive, meditative services at “River church”, “Vlei church” , “Mountain church” and many more as we learn to hear from God in Creation.
We often forget that God speaks through the written word and also through creation. Romans 1:20 reminds us that “There are things about God that people cannot see—his eternal power and all that makes him God. But since the beginning of the world, those things have been easy for people to understand. They are made clear in what God has made.”
Psalms 19:1-14 also reminds us that
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4