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...
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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