Steve Jobs, who died this week, told Stanford University students in a speech in 2005 of his love of calligraphy which came about through dropping out of college. This appreciation led to Apple having a unique appearance to it’s typefaces.
He also shared how his own creativity was released in a special way when he was fired by Apple at the age of 30 and was thrown into a situation of uncertainty.
It was a beautiful morning in the park to think on God’s creativity and that creativity that he has set in us. As we spent time alone reflecting on this, wandering around the park, listening to God, He amazed us on the park bench nearest the bandstand with a display of every variety of Ladybird you could imagine! (or certainly a fair few of the 67 species found on these shores, as Grayden informed us.) Thank you for that, Lord!
A God of Expression
God smiles, this much I know, for he created laughter so that we might join in the enjoyment of his creative energy – those wonderful colour schemes of bird, butterfly and flower. The shapes and expressions on so many creatures and insects These weren’t created by a boring God they were drawn and planned by a God with a sense of humour and that’s a comforting thought!
Creator God, we praise you for the diversity of your world and for the life you have breathed into all things ALL: For the colours we see
The sounds we hear ALL: The textures we feel
For the large ALL: And the small
The fierce ALL: And the timid
Predator ALL: And prey
Creator God, we thank you for your creation, perfect in its design and purpose, perfect in its diversity and unity.
How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! All: How plainly it shows what he has done!
Each day announces it to the following day All: Each night repeats it to the next
No speech or words are used, no sound is heard All: Yet their message goes out to all the world and is heard to the ends of the earth
Creator God, your Spirit enables our own creative abilities as we allow Him to work through our words, our hands and our imaginations. We thank you for the beauty of created things, for pots and bowls moulded by the skilful manipulation of clay, for a portrait which captures the essence of a personality, for the written word which transports us to a faraway place a poem that captures the raw emotion of a moment, a prayer that speaks to our heart and soul.
You are present wherever mankind opens its eyes to see, can be heard whenever mankind opens its ears to hear, can be felt as hands are outstretched in faith.
All: As the wind blows across this land where it wills, so your loving Spirit blows in us and through us. As the sun warms the cold earth after the chill of night, so your love warms our hearts with joy. And your touch brings a peace into our restless lives.
God of Love, God of Joy and God of Peace, may we know all three as we open our eyes to the wonders of this garden in which you have placed us and begin to recognise the image of your love within the selfless actions of others.
Creator God, we pray for your Kingdom, established here on earth wherever you reign in hearts open to the expression of your praise and glory. All: Your Kingdom Come
But we also look forward an eternity in your Kingdom, your promise to all who truly believe All: On earth as it is in heaven
We take a moment of quiet to reflect on the creativity of our God, expressed through the world and through the creativity within each one of us
And together we join in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. All:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. for ever and ever. Amen
COMMUNION: The body of Christ, broken for us as an expression of His love. The blood of Christ, shed for us as an expression of His love.
God of expression, enable us, your creation, to enjoy along with you the sheer exuberance of your creativity. All: Amen
The Gardener’s Apprentice
in the cool of the day you create me
shape me with divine image sparked dust
you make me, name me
aim us in community
you ask only that we obey thee
tender earth steward
in work, at play
and walk with you in the cool of the day.