I hope you’ve had a chance to walk by the new church garden on your way into and out of the building through the course of the summer. Planted by children of Vacation Bible School in June, watered all summer by our Child Development Summer Program, warmed by plenty of summer sun, under the leadership of Mandy Richards and her family, last week we harvested the first fruits that God has grown among us there. And while we used those vegetables and herbs at a harvest festival of sorts for our first Thursday Evening Supper of the season (Please join us sometime?!), God is using the garden to strengthen our community in more ways than that.
When describing the new garden during a recent visit with long-time member Charlie Wilcox who died just this week, his first response was “That’s great! I suppose we’ll be sharing some of the harvest with the food pantry, right?”
Charlie’s wonderfully faithful idea is yet another encounter with God’s grace in the midst of the garden. Having served for decades with his wife Mary at the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, his first thought at age 98 was love of neighbor.
To be sure, the church garden is but one of many signs all around of God’s creative wonder and gracious Spirit that gathers us together in community with all people. What other signs do you see and attribute to God’s abiding presence in the world?
See you at church!
Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church