Pentecost: like wind, like fire

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Like Wind, like fire. © Mark Hewitt. Acrylic on paper 2017.

With Like Wind, Like Fire, I imagine the Spirit’s arrival like a spark that is immediately fanned by the winds, it roars forward, sweeping through the landscape. Not unlike a bushfire. Yet this fire is not to be feared, it is not destructive but life bringing, life that would not otherwise take place. This is not unlike the Spirit’s action in our own life or in that of our Church. That is if we do not work hard to hinder or curb it. The Spirit of God will lead us into places, situations, that we could never have planned or believed ourselves capable. It will spark something to life that consumes us, in a good way. We need not fear but trust God. God knows what we are capable of more so than our self. May I suggest you spend some time gazing at the painting Like Wind, Like Fire, then read Acts 2:1-21. Reflect on the text, writing down key words that stand out. Then gaze again on Like Wind, Like Fire. Reflect again, what are any new insights? Is the Spirit of God leading you into something new or reaffirming a path you are currently on? You may wish to document that before entering a time of prayer.

Loving Creator,
Spirit-wind,
Flame of justice,
blow your Spirit upon us,
send it to challenge and comfort us,
let it be the lifeblood that pulses through our veins,
that we might be made whole and new. Amen.

© Seasons of the Spirit 4 June 17

Like Wind, like fire. Prayerful colouring © Mark Hewitt. 2017. Download to print & colour in for personal prayer.

Living Stones – a poem

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During our worship service at The Corner, the mic was passed around and members of the congregation spoke of images that came to mind when they heard the phrase, ‘living stones’. This poem is inspired by some of those images.

Living Stones

We are
river stones
tumbled and polished, burnished
by living water

We are
unearthed fossils
revived
by the warm breath of God

We are
stalagmite and stalactite
reaching out to one other –
God and Adam in the Sistine Chapel

We are
skimming stones
skipping over translucent water
fuelled by joy

We are
meteors blazing
trailing tails like wedding veils
eager to answer God’s call

We are
rough cut stones
hewn to form a highway
the master builder placing us just so

We are
stones and dust and clay
divine spark-animated –
created and loved by God

And with Jesus as our cornerstone
we’re built into a spiritual house.
We are stones
we are living stones.

– Marianne Musgrove
May 2017


Living Stones, 1 Peter 2:2-10,
©Mark A Hewitt

Living Water

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Overflowing well, John 4:5-42, Mark Hewitt 2017, pencil & pen on paper.

Jesus asked of the Samaritan woman for some water. Braking cultural norms of the day by conversing & sharing with her. He then offered her living water in return. A living relationship with God.

Life-giving God,
sometimes we complain;
sometimes we come timidly and dare not ask;
sometimes we forget the amazing ways
you are with us.
And yet, still you offer us grace upon grace,
new life in abundant measure. Thank you. Amen.

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Overflowing Well, prayerful colouring, 2017

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New Growth

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Sampson Flat Bushfire. 2-9 January 2015. 12 month regrowth. Kersbrook to One Tree Hill Road. Looking across Humbug Scrub.

Easter Day
I travelled around the area burnt out by bushfire which is just outside the Adelaide city boundary for the first time – 5 weeks after the fire. I kept to the main roads quite an expansive area was burnt. The fire was not sparing and appeared random. The burnt landscape was all around. The fire lapping up to fences, up to the edge of school playground. Burning right up to waters edge of the Millbrook Reservoir. There was burnt earth & rocks, burnt trees & sticks, you could see the texture of the soil. All its little bumps & divots. The surface of the earth was exposed. Not only was the tree canopy missing but so was the undergrowth, the leaf litter, that thick blanket of natural mulch that protects the earth. All gone!
1 year later the burnt landscape was transformed. I struggled to find the point in which I photographed panoramas of humbug scrub. I had to rely on a rock I placed where my tripod was set up. Then had to move may vantage point as the new growth of the trees next to me blocked out by view. A New landscape was emerging before me. Built on what was there before. But this was new. Changed. It was not the same. What was there before was beautiful. What is now taking shape is also beautiful.

As a metaphor for events of Easter, Jesus was thrown into the fire & burnt on Good Friday.
Betrayed & abandoned by many. Left to the authorities who collaborated in power & did their worst.
Yet death did not stop Jesus.

John 20:1–18 is clear!
Jesus is not to be found among the dead, but among the living.
New Life has burst forth.

Burnt

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Looking to Humbug Scrub. Sampson Flat Bushfire. South Australia. Mark Hewitt
2-9 January 2015. 5 weeks later.

Good Friday. This land is familiar with fire & being burnt. Bushfires can be started by lightning or by deliberate or careless human acts, this is common in this land. Fire traditionally has also been used to manage this landscape.
We started this Lenten journey in the bushfire season when a major fire had spread across this state only weeks earlier. We use the imagery of being burnt by fire as a metaphor for the dark time that Jesus went through in his trials & execution on the Cross. We also use the burning of fire as a metaphor for the dark & difficult times that we face or may find around us.

Ash through Lent

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As Ash Wednesday occurred during the South Australian bushfire season, and that Bushfires are now a part of our landscape. I reflected on the two events and their shared imagery of ash, fire and being burnt. How this then fed into Easter, the devastation of Good Friday and new life of Easter Day.

We started the season with an Ash Wednesday service with the ash of burnt palms from an earlier Palm Sunday. Ash crosses made on our foreheads as mark of devotion. Each week during Lent we will have Charcoal (burnt willow stick) illustration linked to lectionary readings.

Landscape along Oodnadatta Track, South Australia. Charcoal drawing, Mark A Hewitt, Feb 2016.
Lent 1 Yr C, Jesus in the wilderness, Luke 4:1-13.

Cleansing Fire, Charcoal drawing with added digital colour, Mark A Hewitt, Feb 2016.
Lent 2 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18. Covenant between God, Abram & Sarai sealed with fire.

Luke’s Nativity

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Nativity – Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus visited by Shepherds & heavenly host.
MDF cutouts traced around members of The Corner UC & fabric. Artist – Mark A Hewitt. 2015
Manger traditional half round galvanised Australian farm trough.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Luke 2:1-20

During the Yr C 2015 Advent season The Corner Uniting Church left the lectionary and followed Luke’s telling of the Nativity from beginning to end. Each week characters were revealed to us as the story unfolds. Elizabeth & Zechariah, Mary & Joseph, Shepherds & Angels. Most of them – except the angels. Are ‘people like us’. They are ‘people like us’ in other ways too. Each character has been traced around a member of the congregation. Their persons have been left unadorned Except for a piece of cloth to symbolize who they represent. Their features are not shown because it could be our face hands & feet. It could have been any one of us in this story. As God’s story it Is the story of ordinary people in extra ordinary situations. Each week prayers were added to the Manger to create a bedding of prayers. Prayers of HOPE, LOVE, PEACE & JOY, were written onto strips of straw coloured pieces of paper.


Elizabeth & Zechariah visited by Archangel Gabriel.

Zechariah silenced for not believing.
Mark A Hewitt. 2015
Advent 1 Luke 1:5-24


Mary, Joseph visited by Archangel Gabriel.
Mark A Hewitt. 2015
Advent 2. Luke 1:26-38


Mary visits Elizabeth.
Mark A Hewitt 2015
Advent 3 Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)


Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus visited by Simeon & Anna.
Mark A Hewitt.2015
Manger traditional half round galvanised Australian farm trough filled with prayers of the Advent season.
Christmas 1. Luke 2:22-40

'Eye of a needle'

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Eye of a needle. Pastel & Pencil, Mark A Hewitt. Oct 2015

Mark 10:17–31 (NRSV)
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’

Audio will be posted later.

Rev Mark A Hewitt
The Corner Uniting Church.
Warradale, South Australia.

God wants for us eternal life.
It’s form could be
A sense of calmness & a sense of belonging to God.

God of wondrous presence,
when we feel aban¬doned and alone, come to us.
Help us to give,
that we might receive so much more from you.
Help us to know that, by grace,
we are invited into your living way.

Amen.

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Needles, prayerful colouring. Mark A Hewitt 2015.

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Faith & Life

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Bears Knitted by Beryl D.
Photo Mark A Hewitt. 2015

Mark 10:13–16 (NRSV)
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Audio will be posted at a later date.

Rev Mark A Hewitt
Minister
The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale, South Australia.

Jesus reminds us of the importance of approaching
faith and life with the joy, openness, and understanding of children.

Loving Parent of us all.
You love us unconditionally.
You welcome us unconditionally.
You delight in us & in what we do.
Fill us with your Spirit,
Soften our hearts,
So that we too
Can Approach faith & life
with the joy, openness, and understanding
your ‘little ones’.
Amen

Knitted Bears, Prayerful Colouring. Mark A Hewitt 2015
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Mountain

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Kaikoura, South Island New Zealand. Mark A. Hewitt.

Romans 8: 28-39 (NRSV)
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isaiah 65: 17-25
For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.

Rosalie & Richard Upton.
The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale, South Australia.

God’s love is with us our whole life through and wherever we go. There is nothing on earth big enough to explain the extent of God’s love.

God, through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, is in the business of making all things new, restoring humanity and creation to their original purpose and glory. In the new heavens and new earth, God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and will live in eternal fellowship with us.

God our Creator, thank you for the hope of the new creation.
We pray for your healing and redeeming presence in the midst of our brokenness.
We pray for people near and far who are suffering, and for our planet which is in need of your gracious care and restoration.
Amen

Mountain, Prayerful Colouring, Mark A Hewitt

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