Join us in June for a Mindful Eating class

“Food plays a special place in our relationships. We go out to eat to celebrate, we gather with friends and colleagues for a meal to talk and catch up, we prepare special food to share life’s transitions with our friends and family. In fact, the word companion means “with bread.” Our Gospels are full of stories of Jesus sharing meals. Christians gather around the communion table to remind themselves of the last meal Jesus’ shared with his disciples. Your relationship with food is an essential part of your everyday life. Few things affect our long-term well-being more than our daily food choices.” (Mindful Eating Guide, Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry, 2015)

For four weeks in June, starting on Wednesday the 7th, we will be meeting at Central Market (on North Lamar) from 7-8pm to explore how we might be more mindful of our meeting.  We will discuss our spiritual connections to food, as well as how food connects us to God and to each other.

The mission of Farm Church is to “be a faithful community connecting people to God, food, and the land,” so this is a great opportunity to do just that.  Our sessions will be led by Brin Bon, of Farm Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and Christian Hawley, of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.  Got questions?  Want to reserve your spot?  Contact Brin at brin@austinfarmchurch.org.

A Blessing of the Farm

On Saturday, March 18, we will gather to ask for God’s blessing on Tecolote Farm.  Below is the service that will be used as we process around the farm, praying for the land, the creatures, and the people who work the land.

The service below is adapted from the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Occasional Services.  The Prayers for the Earth are from the Wartburg Seminary Center for Theology and Land Service for Rogation.


The Blessing of the Farm

Celebrant
People of God, from the beginning of Creation, God gave us land and ordered us to be good stewards of the gifts of creation. We gather today to ask God’s blessing on Tecolote Farm, the creatures that live here and the people who tend the land. Today, we pause to remember our call to stewardship and to celebrate the bounty of your creation.

Prayers for the Earth

Leader       O Creator God, with your breath you created light and darkness.
People        And it was good.

Leader       By your word, you created the heavens.
People       And it was good.

Leader       You created the dry land of the earth, and the waters of the sea.
People       And it was god.

Leader       By your word, you called forth growing things: plants, fruit, and trees.
People       And it was good.

Leader       You created the sun and the moon to order the days and nights.
People        And it was good.

Leader       You created the living creatures in the waters, and the living creatures of the air.
People       And it was good.

Leader       You created the living creatures of the land: cattle, and wild animals; everything that moves upon the land.
People       And it was good.

Leader       By your word, you created humankind – both female and male – to care for the earth and all that is over, on and in it.  And to these new creatures, you gave everything that you had made.
People        And it was good.

Celebrant   The Lord be with you.
People         And also with you.
Celebrant   Let us pray.

Collect for the Joy in God’s Creation

O heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Canticle 12 A Song of Creation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
   O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
   all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Prayer for a Cooler

Celebrant   Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things and giver of all life, let your blessing be upon this cooler and grant that it may serve to your glory and the welfare of your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Canticle 12 (continued)

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
   drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
   O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Blessing of the Land and Greenhouses

Celebrant   Let us pray.
O gracious Father, who opened your hand and filled all things living with plenteousness: Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; let your Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth; show your loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and save us from selfish use of what you give us, that men and women everywhere may give you thanks; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Canticle 12 (continued)

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Blessing of the Creatures

Celebrant   Let us pray.
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, rivers and lakes; for the song of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We ask your blessing and give you thanks for all the marvelous creatures you have created to share this world with us. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and forever. Amen.

Canticle 12 (continued)   

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
   O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
   and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Blessing of the People who work the Land

Celebrant   Let us pray.
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Bless us who are called to do your work, give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Canticle 12 (continued)

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
   praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

The Blessing

Celebrant
Look mercifully on this your land and these your people, O Lord, that by your great goodness they may be held in your love and preserved by your might; And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you forever.  Amen.

The Dismissal

Leader Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Our Next Farm Church is on March 25th, from 9-11:30am. Join us!

We will gather on Saturday, March 25th, for our next opportunity for work, worship, and a meal together.  Join us at Community First Village’s Genesis Gardens (9301 Hog Eye Rd) for fellowship, praise, and a simple meal with other folks looking for deeper spiritual connection while getting their hands dirty.  All ages and abilities are welcome!

Last time we met we had Brin’s (soon to be) famous salami and sweet pickle sandwiches (pictured above), which were a big hit!  They’re sure to make an appearance on our menu again soon.

Come join us on the farm! Saturday, February 25th

Our next Farm Church is on Saturday, February 25 from 9-11:30am at the Genesis Farm at Community First Village.  We’ll gather for work, worship, and a meal and we’d love to have you join us.

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It was a little chilly on the farm in January! But we bundled up and carried on with our work and worship anyway.

February’s Farm Church will be our 5th gathering since we started trying this out back in October of last year.  I’m so happy to see the growth we have experienced since we began, and it’s wonderful to be able to welcome new people each time we meet.  If you’ve never worshiped and worked with us at Farm Church, we’d love to have you come check us out.  You can learn more about what we do and who we are in the Farm Church FAQ, or by contacting me, Brin, or Greg, our farmer.

See you on the farm!

 

Join us for our next Farm Church, Saturday, January 28, 9-11:30am

Come rain or shine, we will gather for work, worship, and a meal out at the Genesis Gardens at Community First Village.  We hope you’ll join us!

Dress warmly and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  We’ll have a hot meal at the end of our time together.  If you have any questions beforehand, feel free to contact Rev. Brin at brin@st-michaels.org.

Our First Farm Church!

dsc_0498On Saturday, October 8, 18 of us gathered for our very first Farm Church!  We read aloud a story from the Japanese Zen tradition as well as a lesson from the gospel of Matthew, celebrated the Eucharist with bread and the fruit of the vine, and then spent nearly an hour with our hands in the dirt–pulling weeds, shoveling mulch–and feeding the chickens.  After our work we sat down at picnic tables with each other to enjoy a hot breakfast of migas and reflect on the readings, our work in the garden, our relationship with God, and all manner of things that were inspired by the time we spent worshiping the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9).

For Greg, Alex, and me (Brin), this time together was a long time in the making.  To be in the midst of people coming together to experience relationship with God through a connection with the land brought to fruition seeds that we’ve each been planting for a long time.

I’m thrilled about what is possible for this ministry and I can’t wait until our next Farm Church gathering on November 12th.