We begin a new Sunday School year at the very beginning of the Bible as we consider God’s good creation and our place of honor within it. God speaks and the world comes to be, and without that breath we are nothing.
Traditional worship begins at 8:30 a.m. as we welcome the ELC Senior choir’s return.
Parents and children are invited to the Sunday School Open House at 9:30 a.m. Find out what’s new and meet your friends and neighbors.
Contemporary Worship will gather in the big tent at 10:30 a.m. where you’ll be encouraged to sing, pray, discuss, and create around the table with friends and family.
Community Festival meal will begin serving at 11:30 a.m. — while we enjoy music, fellowship and children’s activities.
September 8, 2013
Key Verse: “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Time: before 2500 BCE
Background: This account of creation is a poetic story that informs us about God’s relationship with creation. God is a gifted artist, who pours heart and soul into all that God creates. Like an artist, God is intimately attached to creation, especially to humankind. Humans were created in the image of God, so each human born reflects the beautiful nature of God back to the world.
Whether or not the story is to be literally interpreted is up to you. We can, however, take from the story that God has fingerprints on everything that we can see, feel, hear, taste, and even conceive or dream. Nothing in God’s creation is accidental.
Community: What is your community doing to nurture and care for creation? This includes the planet: growing fields, lakes, rivers, seas, and skies. It includes animals, sea creatures, birds, and insects. It also includes all people. Research one thing this week that your community is doing to nurture creation, and become involved.
At Home: What is one change you can make this week to take better care of yourself. Is it for your emotional, physical, or spiritual health?
Read This Week:
Sunday, Sep 8, Creation, Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Monday, Sep 9, A Second Account of Creation, Genesis 2:4b-25
Tuesday, Sep 10, The First Sin, Genesis 3:1-13
Wednesday, Sep 11, Punishment, Genesis 3:14-24
Thursday, Sep 12, Cain Murders Abel, Genesis 4:1-16
Friday, Sep 13, Beginnings of Civilization, Genesis 4:1-26
Saturday, Sep 14, A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 18:1-15
Next Week: Sunday, Sep 15, Binding of Isaac, Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14