From Chaos to Community: Creation
Trinity Sunday // Peace with Justice Sunday
- Genesis 1:1-2:4a
- Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
- Matthew 28:16-20
From Chaos to Community: Birth
God is with us in our moments of greatest joy, and God is with us though the inevitable chaos and sorrow that life brings. God us with us in our friends and family, and God is with us in strangers who suddenly show up and bring us a word of hope and clarity in the midst of the jumbled, chaotic messes of life. God is with us in the familiar and God is with us in the unexpected.
The good news is, no matter what we must face, we don’t face it alone. We face life together, in community with Christ, and in community with one another, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
God is with us.
- Genesis 18:1-15
- Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (UMH 837)
- Romans 5:1-8
- Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)
From Choas to Community: Weaning
God is with us, even when we do not act in Christlike ways towards our sisters and brothers. God is with us, sending messages through “angels” to encourage us to engage the really hard questions, to admit to our sins, own up to our mistakes, turn our lives around and head in a new direction.
- Genesis 21:8-21
- Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
- Romans 6:1b-11
- Matthew 10:24-39
From Chaos to Community: Rites of Passage
In the times of horrific rites of passage, God has provided, and Goes does provide. That is part of our family legacy.
- Genesis 22:1-14
- Psalm 13 (UMH 746)
- Romans 6:12-23
- Matthew 10:40-42
From Chaos to Community: Legacy
Like all human families, the first families of our faith tradition were not perfect. They had their share of failure and struggles, just like everyone else. But throughout it all they knew the abiding presence of the Lord God was with them—perhaps most clearly known during moments of difficult decision, rites of passage, and periods of painful transition.
- Genesis 24:34-38
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The Apostle's Tale: Freedom
The flow of this series, as the flow of these scriptures, does not go “up” as much as it goes “deep.” This series is more like a dive from the heights than a climb up the mountain or a journey from point A to point B. As you move into today in particular, picture freedom as the diver on the board or at cliff’s edge, poised to jump.
- Genesis 25:19-34
- Psalm 119:105-112 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
- Romans 8:1011
- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23