Green is God's favorite color

Many people bring their colors into the family thanksgiving service, small and large. In the opening prayer, Pastor Annika Marte asks:

What's your favorite color anyway, god?
Green? We thank you for the meadows and trees, for all the leaves and for the grapes.
Blue? We thank you for the sea and all water on earth and heaven.
Yellow? We thank you for the sun and the sunflowers, daisies and trumpets.
Red? We thank you for the apples, the fire and the love.
Or colorful? We thank you, God, that so many are here today, children, young people and adults, and we ask you to be around.

She brought a story with her. From Anne, who has no answers at all to maternal questions about homework and cleaning up the room. Because there is another question in it:Where does the good Lord actually live? Or how do I recognize him when I meet him? Now the mother is quiet, but then has an idea: You meet God when you receive something as a gift without you having to give anything back. Many of the gifts she receives have expectations, demands for something in return, and conditions. Finally Anne falls into her hands under her favorite tree, just like that, from above, from the tree. Anne knows: The good Lord lives with us in the apple tree! God is much less noticeable in the structures of performance and consideration which, for example, try to dominate the professional life of us adults. It doesn't have to be like thatsays Annika Marte. And especially today we want to stop doing it and live differently!

A little boy starts and laughs. The pastor shares this scene from her everyday family life with the church service: over dinner, she asks her three-year-old son why and what he is laughing about all the time. The boy replies: I'm laughing in front of you. That's what Thanksgiving is about, that we celebrate life and are just happy that we are there and that before God's eyes. Annika Marte is wondering whether it would not be good to ask children and young people the questions that we struggle with and that complain - because these often have the more creative solutions and probably the more humane ones as well.

Like Lara, who is baptized in the service today, a few weeks after her first day of school. She looks at the church window and sees in this representation Jesus wearing a cap - that he is not only the one who radiates in his holiness, but the child of God who also needs protection. Annika Marte thanks for your new and undisguised view of things. Such a look fits in with the thanks for creation, for thoughts, poems and family in a large polyphonic thank you that the worship participants write on apple slips that are hung on an apple tree and expressed in a shared second: Thank you!