Tag: genesis

Temples: The Temple of Creation

Imagine that your city is burning. The school where your son learned is burning. The well where your daughter drew water is burning. The little pub where you had your first kiss: burning. Your house is burning. The gentle fire that burned in your little hearth in the winter is now out of control, and the flames are spreading. The…

Five Things: Creation by the Word

This Sunday, we will be looking at the story of creation from Genesis 1. Here are Five Things to help you prepare your heart for worship:     1) Video Clips from The Bible Project   This week’s text is from the beginning of Genesis- where it all starts. Read the story for yourself here, and then watch this video…

Joseph the Dreamer

Joseph had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I…

Preparing Our Hearts: Joseph Edition

Joseph: Son, Slave, Second in Command. Last Sunday, we looked at God’s promise to Abram: that he would have a biological heir of his own, and not need to hand his household off to Eliezer when he died. God said that Abram’s descendants would be uncountable like the stars in the sky. This week, we move from the nighttime darkness Abram…

God’s Promise to Abram

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram.     I am your shield,     your very great reward.” But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a…

you are loved

The First Promise

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:4-7 On the day the Lord God made earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused rain to fall on the earth and there was no human to till the soil, then the Lord God fashioned the human,…

Preparing Our Hearts: Creation Edition

Quakers are encouraged, within our own tradition, to come to corporate worship with hearts and minds prepared. This isn’t a limitation, as though one who is unprepared is unwelcome—all are welcome. It’s a recognition, rather, that those who prepare for worship are more easily able to experience the light of Christ, and gain more spiritually from their time spent in…

The Gardening Gospel

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. -from 1 Corinthians 15 Like many of you, I’m sure, we’ve been busy putting in a garden. Craig…

Renaming

The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” -from Genesis 32 We started this story in the Garden of Eden, asking this question: what are you made of? The way you answer…

Laughter

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But…