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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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The Gospel for Sunday, September 25 in Christian churches that use the Common Lectionary is the story from Luke about, the poor man Lazarus. In this gospel, the rich man in ignoring Lazarus, neglected to hear the cries of the poor. In his document Laudato Si’, Pope Francis tells us “the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.” As we continue to celebrate the “Season of Creation,” we are called to look again at our relationship to the earth and to listen with our eyes and our ears. When we in the rich nations abuse the earth, it is the poor nations who suffer the most. So how can we change our relationship to the earth?

As of Sunday, 2% of this year's Illinois corn crop has been harvested, compared to the five-year average of 7% at this point in the season.

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If you go for a drive in late March or early April, you are likely to see long rows of vivid red trumpet-shaped flowers in foundations beds or around mailboxes, particularly in older neighborhoods. These are most likely our very hardy, early blooming, hybrid amaryllis, Hippeastrum x johnsonii, commonly called Johnson amaryllis or St. Joseph’s lily.

As we are moving through summer and into autumn, our country continues to navigate through (hopefully) the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic. For a portion of the past 24 to 30 months, we’ve been holding meetings, visiting with family and friends, and many have even attended church virtually via video conference.