Jesus was always pointing towards God’s creation as a primary teacher of faithful living. Where he was asking us to consider the lilies of the field, or a grain of wheat, he knew that God the Creator has imbedded wisdom in the natural order. Join us this Creationtide (Season of Creation) as we become students of God’s good creation and the divine wisdom it has to offer.
September 1, 2019 : Seeking Wisdom (Proverbs 8: 22-36)
Theme Verse: “For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord;” (Ps 8:35)
In Proverbs, wisdom is personified (Sophia), sharing alongside God in the creation of the cosmos. Lady wisdom also makes it known that listening to her is a matter of life or death. Fortunately, her teachings are sung by God’s creation. Question is: Will we listen?
September 8, 2019 : Provision (Psalm 104:24-35)
Theme Verse: “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Ps 104:24)
Who’s caring for what and how is it to be cared for? The Psalmist names creation’s utter dependence of God to be the provider. But we are not off the hook. After creating humans, God charges them to tend and till the earth. How can we re-present the deep care of God for creation?
** MORE THAN MOUNTAINS : Join us at 5 pm in the Family Life Center to hear renowned speaker and Tulsa-area native, Todd Huston. Todd will share how wilderness became the tool for overcoming challenges associated with the loss of his leg in childhood. Todd completed a world record-setting Summit America expedition by climbing to the highest elevations of all 50 states in only 66 days. Invite your friends and family to join you – you’ll leave inspired!
September 15, 2019 : Loving Diversity (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
Theme Verse: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)
Our bodies are highly complex and intricate network of systems and features. When all of it is healthy and working together, bodies can do amazing things. You likely know all-to-well what happens when a part of the body is ill or injured. What the Paul is quick to point out is that every part has its critical function and demands care. Problem is: we tend to have favorites. What does it mean to celebrate the diversity of creation—and the church—so that these bodies can do the amazing things they were created to do?
September 22, 2019 : Being in the World (Ecclesiastes 3: 9-22)
Theme Verse: “He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Eccles. 3:11)
“On Being” is a public radio show and podcast that examines what host, Krista Tippett, calls the, “animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? The author of Ecclesiastes is our worship guest for faithful reflection of these questions and invites us to consider our relationship to the rest of creation in seeking a way of being in the world.
September 29, 2019 : Life Lost, Life Gained (John 12: 20-26)
Theme Verse: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)
Is it a “circle of life,” or is it something even more profound? We hold tight to the life we have and the ways we live it, but nature make us aware that something more plentiful lies beyond. Jesus says a single grain of wheat can teach us how to find abundant life. And aren’t you just dying to discover that?
** PET BLESSING : Join us at 4 pm for a blessing of our beloved animal companions. Bring your pet or the picture of a treasured pet who is now deceased to the grass lawn between the HACC parking lot and the Community Garden. Fellowship and frolicking to follow the blessing!