38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2022</strong> THE ARTS — 2 Poetry Corner THE SCIENCES A spirit of humility By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director at <strong>The</strong> Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge hairymuseummatt (original photo), DrMikeBaxter (derivative work), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Spirit Sealings By Steven Rolling Based on John: 14:13-21 Tune: Coe Fen – ‘How shall I sing that majesty’ Whate’er you ask now in my name It shall be done, the same Said Jesus, so that Father be Glorified in Son, see And if we shall ask anything He will do it, will bring To us he things of God’s good hand To folk of every land And Christ will pray the Father too To send Comforter to you That He may abide for ever Remain, leave you never Even the Spirit of truth, He Shall with you, in you be He whom the world cannot receive <strong>The</strong> not see, know, believe Comfortless He will not us leave Nor stay in sadness, grieve For Christ shall come to us again <strong>The</strong> Spirit’s presence then <strong>The</strong>y that have His commands and keep <strong>The</strong>m, they are e’er His sheep And they are those who do Christ love Inspired by grace above Kevin Carden, dreamstime.com <strong>The</strong>y too be by the Father loved He holds them, His encoved* And Christ will love them, and will show Himself to them, they know <strong>The</strong>n of His presence, kindly blessed In Him they find their rest Come to our hearts now, holy dove Spirit of truth and love *encoved = encovenanted A few years ago I visited the Smithsonian Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. Our guide, the curator of anthropology, was keen to help Christians understand his research. Whatever you make of the evidence for human evolution, the fact remains that other species a bit like us were around before we came on the scene — or in the case of Neanderthals, at the same time. Part of the exhibit included lifelike reconstructions of the face and hair of several different hominins, displayed on pillars at the right height for each species. So I could crouch down to ‘meet’ Homo floriensis or stand tall to look into the eyes of Homo heidelbergensis. Most of these — beings? creatures? — were on other branches of the evolutionary tree to us, and we share a common ancestor much further back. I did, however, feel as if I was meeting my forebears. As I walked between the statues I asked myself, 'Why us?' <strong>The</strong>re’s evidence that Neanderthals used symbolism as we do, and also buried their dead. Did they have the potential to evolve to a point where they could do similar things to us? <strong>The</strong> curator explained how, as the ice ages came and went, human beings moved around but other species appear to have stayed put and suffered the consequences — they just weren’t ready yet for that big change. As I took in the displays about how we began to gather socially around a fire, make music or write, I felt humbled. We managed to adapt, but we could so easily have disappeared with the rest. AN EQUAL SHARE IN MANKIND In his book <strong>The</strong> Message of Creation, theologian David Wilkinson shares his view that being made in the image of God has nothing to do with our own cleverness or abilities, but is a gift. God created us on purpose — I believe through the long slow process of evolution — and chose to enter into a relationship with us, making us his representatives on earth. Thankfully I don’t have to figure out how to interact with other humanlike hominins today. I do, however, have an equal share in humankind’s God-given commission to tend and keep creation. Am I ready to go further than ensuring my own species’ survival — not necessarily because we have evolved further than our ice age ancestors, but because I have one of the ‘new hearts’ promised in Ezekiel 11:19? Can I work together, in a true spirit of humility, with people from all over the world to ensure the full diversity of life can flourish?
CROSSWORD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 16 10 11 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 Across Across - (8) 1 Deject (8) - (4) 5 Pal (4) 8 - Parody (5) (5) 9 - Humorous; done in done fun (7) in fun (7) 10 - In a a relaxed manner manner (7) (7) 12 12 - Hammers (7) (7) 14 Majestic (7) 14 - Majestic (7) 16 Ancient warship (7) 16 - Ancient warship (7) 18 Spiny egg-laying mammal (7) 18 - Spiny egg-laying mammal (7) 19 Eg Pacific or Atlantic (5) 19 20 - Eg Become Pacific or Atlantic weary (5) (4) 20 21 - Become Continues weary (4) obstinately (8) 21 - Continues obstinately (8) CODEWORD 17 - Noes (anag) (4) 6 3 19 6 3 14 23 10 9 17 1 1 6 3 18 19 15 3 25 11 1 4 20 17 17 17 17 22 1 6 15 17 19 5 17 20 25 8 17 11 1 3 1 14 17 5 3 25 21 16 15 8 15 8 3 5 11 25 11 3 25 11 16 26 1 25 25 1 8 15 11 14 19 5 4 15 1 1 18 3 25 2 16 8 7 16 5 17 17 15 16 17 2 1 13 26 15 10 10 16 25 3 25 16 3 8 24 14 12 1 18 25 3 25 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 C H 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 T 17 SUDOKU Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. WORDSEARCH PRAY FOR UKRAINE Lord, we pray for Ukraine, a nation in which 70% of the population call themselves Christian. You, Lord, make wars cease to the end of the earth; you break bows, shatter spears, and burn shields with fire [Psalm 46:9]. And so, we ask you now to save the lives of many people in Ukraine. De-escalate this crisis. We hear of wars and rumours of wars (Matt. 24:6], but you Lord are our rock, our fortress and our deliverer. Our hope is in you. And so we address the nations now. In the name of Jesus we say: 'Be still and know God! He is exalted among the nations; He shall be exalted in the earth.' [Psalm 46:10] Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 39 PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue Down Down 1 - Shallow food container (4) 1 Shallow food container (4) 2 - Type of spade (6) 2 Type of spade (6) 3 - Have an effect on 3 Have an effect on another (9) 4 Urges to 4 - act Urges (6) to act (6) 6 Gave out 6 - loud Gave out puffs loud puffs of air of air (6) 7 Our galaxy 7 - Our (5,3) galaxy (5,3) 11 Junctures; events (9) 11 - Junctures; events (9) 12 Fail to look after properly (8) 12 - Fail to look after properly (8) 13 Shrivel (6) 13 - Shrivel (6) 14 Plant with oil rich seeds (6) 14 - Plant with oil rich seeds (6) 15 A way out (6) 17 Noes (anag) 15 - A way (4) out (6) QUIZ : <strong>The</strong> Queen's Early Years UKRAINE SHIELDS SPEARS CRISIS WAR CEASE EARTH BREAK BOWS BURN FIRE SAVE MANY LIVES LORD IN OUR YOU ROCK BE HOPE STILL SHATTER FORTRESS DELIVERER April Solutions CROSSWORD C O U R T E O U S L Y A P O X N O A U T U S U R P S I R D O I N G D I E M A O H E N E R V E C O N V E R S E D I S N S T F O N E U T R I N O U N D U E R U G R S I X R D O R I C L O T I R A T E E E Y T S T N S S P O R T R A I T I S T CODEWORD R A G S A P O S T A T E E R C R U R X T S U N A M I B E R E T R F P M J A R O F F E R A M E R I C A S I L C G V P R E A C H S T A N Z A E A I S I G C O R R O D E V O D K A T L U Q I W N I D O L S U P S W E P T V B L I M L L E V E R Y O N E A L L Y SUDOKU WORDSEARCH LAST SUPPER EASTER EGG EXAM? 1. Stone on the Easter tomb 2. About 90 million 3. Joseph Fry 4. <strong>The</strong> Easter bunny 5. A cuckoo 6. Ukraine 1. Where was <strong>The</strong> Queen born? 2. What time of day was <strong>The</strong> Queen born? 3. What is the date of <strong>The</strong> Queen's birthday? 4. Where did <strong>The</strong> Queen live as a child? 5. Where was <strong>The</strong> Queen educated? 6. What did <strong>The</strong> Queen win at the age of 13 years? Tomert, dreamstime.com