Discipleship Practices: Making

IMG_7877“I love God because God creates things.”  – A child of our parish

We follow the example of Jesus Christ and of God our Creator by becoming co-creators with God in our own productive work, and by recognizing God’s grace present in the real and tangible. 

We make because we are made in the image and likeness of God, who is creating the heavens and the earth, and we share in God’s creative energies. In response, we take the opportunities of daily life to create things or moments of beauty, usefulness, connection, and nourishment.

We encounter God’s goodness in good food; in a walk with a friend; in the gift of our bodies with their beauty and frailty; in places of peace, beauty, and belonging; in the glory of nature; and in our work, humble or exalted, solitary or shared. We take delight in the fruits of human creativity, in art, science, medicine, and all works of human skill, ingenuity, and passion.

We make with prayerful thanks to God for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank God also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on God alone, and seek guidance for all our works begun, continued, and ended in God.  (Book of Common Prayer)

We work in and for this world because in Jesus Christ, God came to dwell among us as a human, breaking down the divide between flesh and spirit and teaching us to know our bodies and our world as holy. In response to the Incarnation, we worship with our whole selves; we honor the experiences of illness, disability, and age; and we follow Jesus’  practice of sharing good meals with friends and strangers alike.

We take delight also in God’s creating Spirit manifest in the vitality, diversity, and beauty of nature. We practice care of creation, recognizing that we, too, are creatures of God, yet entrusted with a special responsibility as stewards of the earth. IMG_7877

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St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church