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Season of Creation — PLANTING SUNDAY

In thinking about this sermon as the first in the series, consider relationships between God and non-human creation, God and humans, and non-human creation and humans. To understand Scripture, we need to understand God’s relationships. Knowledge comes from having a foundation of knowing God’s word.

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    References:

  • Song of Solomon 2:8-13
  • Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
  • James 1:17-27
  • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Season of Creation — MOUNTAIN SUNDAY: Protection and Care

We often refer to our “mountain-top experiences.” Jesus retreated to the mountains to pray and be near God. Though there is no conclusive evidence to prove this, in light of the way mountains are used in Scripture, it would make sense that God did business with sin and death on a mountain when Jesus was crucified...

View the September 2018 Season of Creation Series Overview »

    References:

  • Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
  • Psalm 125 or Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • James 2:1-10(11-13), 14-17
  • Mark 7:24-37

Season of Creation — SKY SUNDAY: Dominion and Exploitaton

Your sermon this Sunday could focus on God, the creator of the sky, and how the creator is revealed to us through God’s creation. Are we paying attention? Do we take time to enjoy God’s creation and to observe as God does?

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    References:

  • Proverbs 1:20-33
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • James 3:1-12
  • Mark 8:27-38

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.

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    References:

  • 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.
 

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    References:

  • Esther 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.

    References:

  • Job 1:1; 2:1-10
  • Psalm 26 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
  • Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  • Mark 10:2-16