SERVICE SUMMARY: Many people see spirituality as something separate and removed from the physical world. Yet in the Christian Bible, God created a good world full of physical matter–rocks and trees, mountains and plains, fruits and flowers, wheat and grapes, and flesh and bones of all varieties. Whiskers, scales, beards, cheek bones, manes, horns, eyelids, feathers, gills, and every cell in the animal kingdom was fashioned by a Creative Genius who delighted in all he made. What does that mean for spirituality? Join us this Sunday as we explore one of our core values: Creation Reconciled.
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
—Wolfgang von Goethe
Genesis 1:1; 31a
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Timothy 4:1–5
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Lord, this world is not the way it is supposed to be.
We are bruised and broken by the curse.
Lord, we have not lived the way we were supposed to live.
We have cursed you and our neighbors.
Lord, we confess the ways we have sinned and our sinful responses to the ways we’ve been sinned against.
We have looked to other things to heal our pain.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Make us new.
SONG TO CONSIDER