Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Dear Friends,

This morning I had the joy of starting my day at one of my favorite places in the whole world. It was about ten years ago that I was first introduced to the Cahokia Mounds, a not-so-well-known but immensely important historic site in the heartland of our nation. There, in the 11th and 12th centuries, a community of Native Americans, rivaling the size of London's population during that same time period, thrived as they inhabited the land just across the Mississippi from what we now know as St. Louis.

One of the special finds at Cahokia is something that archaeologists have dubbed Woodhenge, an old ceremonial circle where important rites of passage and other tribal gatherings were celebrated. It is from the center of that circle that year after year, members of the tribe looking due east at both the spring and fall equinox would have observed the sun rising directly in line with the eastern pole of the circle and over the tribal chief's mound. That observance would signal for them the beginning of a new season and the time to plant crops that would provide food for the community.

As a couple of my colleagues and I stood there observing this morning's sunrise, we read Psalm 19 together: "Heaven is declaring God's glory; the sky is proclaiming God's handiwork. One day gushes the news to the next...the sun is like a bridegroom coming out of his honeymoon suite."

In both Native American spirituality and in the Psalmist's words, there is an acknowledgment that creation is not the work of our own hands. Rather, it follows the rhythms that were established by its Creator...ones that are reliable year after year after year and deserve both our attention and respect. 

This weekend, we will continue our message series, "Who Is This Man?" by taking a look at what it means to say "Jesus is Lord." This declaration has important implications not only for our individual relationship with Christ, but also for our relationships with others and even our relationship to all of God's creation. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Steve