Season of Creation — HARVEST SUNDAY: Trees and Fruits
This week preaches itself. Psalm 1 is a key creation-care text. It brings us back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden, and it points us to the end with a new heaven and earth. It reminds us yet again what this book we call the Bible is all about — life and our journey toward righteousness. Creation always points us in that direction. We just need to be aware of our surroundings.
- Proverbs 31:10-31
- Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
- James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
- Mark 9:30-37
Season of Creation — BLESSING ALL CREATURES: Bring It!
As we wrap up this series, offering a call to action is appropriate. To be effective, however, we need knowledge about what the Bible says about care for creation and how we live it out in practical ways. It means starting, or as the theme for the week suggests, “Christians must bring it!” We must also remember to bathe our teaching and practice with grace, so that others feel they can begin this journey with us.
- Ester 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
- Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
- James 5:13-20
- Mark 9:38-50
Mystery Worship Series, week 1: Disoriented
Today marks the beginning of a new four-week series. We are taking a deep dive in the mysterious and complicated story of Job, which is neatly condensed into four lectionary readings in the month of October. Challenge your congregation to go beyond the surface of Job and allow themselves to wrestle with a mysterious piece of Scripture.
- Job 1:1; 2:1-10
- Psalm 26 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
- Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
- Mark 10:2-16
Mystery Worship Series, week 2: DESERTED
Job maintains hope. Even though Job cannot see God, God is mindful of Job. Hope is an assurance in God, even when God’s justice is elusive and God’s presence is a mystery. Hope in this sense in not just a belief or an expectation. Hope is something that we live for, strife for, and long for, not just for ourselves, but for others as well. Job hopes for justice and hopes for God, even when he cannot exclusively see God and justice in his current state.
- Job 23: 1-9, 16-17
- Psalm 22:1-15 (UMH 752)
- Hebrews 4:12-16
- Mark 10:17-31
Mystery Worship Series, week 3: SILENCED
Today is the third week of the “Mystery” series. Job has come nearly face-to-face with God, or at least to God’s very real presence. The reading this week is a small part of God’s response to Job’s accusations. We find Job, and perhaps ourselves, silenced in the reality of God’s almighty power. God reminds Job that God alone created the foundation of the earth and cosmos. God controls all of creation, the animals, the seas, the lightning. It is a remarkable reminder of God’s power, one that should leave us awestruck.
- Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
- Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c (UMH 826)
- Hebrews 5:1-10
- Mark 10:35-45
Mystery Worship Series, week 4: RESTORED
Restoration in this text is not referring to the external or the temporal understanding of material means, but it is translated as the state of being full, abounding, and being content. Ultimately, Job illustrates that in spite of our personal pain and hurt, when we cannot change our situation, we can change our perspective.
- Job 42:1-6, 10-17
- Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) (UMH 769)
- Hebrews 7:23-28
- Mark 10:46-52