Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”
Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands. This is the verse that stood out to me as I read this today. The notion of worship and particularly of worship space has taken on a whole new meaning for us over the past two months. I know we all miss gathering and seeing the beautiful colors as the sun shines through the stained-glass windows of Pilgrimage. Yet, we know, as Paul did, that God’s presence is not limited by time or space. I am grateful for those who work each week to make a meaningful worship experience as we continue to discover God’s presence in new and beautiful ways. #PUCCaltar
Constantly Creating Spirit, we give you thanks for being with us in many ways throughout this time of separate worship spaces. Help us to appreciate and see you in all that is around us. Amen.