Sunday, February 21, 2021:

A Rainbow and a Promise


Here are the readings for this Sunday:
Here's what we're wondering about:
Genesis 9:8-13

Do you know the story of Noah's Ark? A very long time ago, God was displeased with people who had turned away from him, and who were making very bad choices.

There was a good man named Noah, who followed God. God told Noah to build a gigantic boat - an ark - and to fill it with pairs of every creature on earth. When the boat was finished and the creatures were loaded, Noah and his family also went on board. And then God made it rain - for 40 days and 40 nights.

It rained for so long and so hard that the water raised up and up, for months, and covered the earth. Everything and everyone under the water was washed away, forever.

At last the rain stopped. The flood waters lowered back to lakes, rivers, and seas. The land was dry again and a rainbow filled the sky. Noah, his family, and the ark full of creatures had survived. It was a time for new beginnings.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ 

God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 

I have set my bow in the clouds,
and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'

A covenant is a promise - an agreement; an everlasting, unbreakable alliance between two groups. (Sometimes one of the two groups is stronger than the other. Who is stronger here? God is.) God is making a promise that he will never again use a flood to destroy the whole earth.

I wonder if you have ever made a promise? (Remember your Baptismal Covenant!)
Click the images for the coloring pages!
This art project uses white crayons to create the surprise raindrops and puddles that show up after a brushover of watercolor. And the lovely rainbow is a beautiful reminder of God's covenant. Umbrellas optional!

See the instructions here - adapt them any way you'd like. LMK if you need art supplies; we've got 'em!

And share a photo of what you've created, send me an email!
God's Dream, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is a sweet book affirming inclusiveness and love. What a glorious rainbow!
Here's a colorful treat to make for a Sunday celebration: click here!
(Keep in mind for St Patrick's Day, too!)
Click here for a nice assortment of rainbow activities! My favorite is the "hidden rainbow" - in the photo.
The First Week of Lent: a purple season

40 days! (Not counting Sundays, which are days of celebration: not fasts, but feasts: "little Easters".)

See our recent Ash Wednesday and Lent email for definitions, thoughts, and more about this especially introspective season, as we journey toward Easter - together!

Please let me know if I can be of service to you these days, or any time, in any way. Love - Linda