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In the beginning

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Friday, September 15, 2017

In the beginning … God was present and brought our interconnected web of creation into existence.  We are more than our thoughts, we are complex, interconnected beings, who are humbled by our connection to creation and blessed by our connection to God.  When we disconnect ourselves from creation or from God the result is disaster. 
The Spirit in each of us helps us to realize what we already know, that we were born with this deep connection to God and to creation.  Our life’s journey is a continual revealing of this fundamental truth; we are designed to be connected. 

Prayer: Creator God, may I be mindful of your gracious invitation to partner with you in the unfolding of your creation today.  Amen.

Called to partner

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nowhere does it say that after the day of rest that God checks out or that creation is complete and so the poem reflects a strong message of hope that we are all invited into the creative process of God.  Another way to say it is that God is not done with us and built within the fundamental nature of God’s relationship with us is room for growth and grace.
How might your community be called to actively participate in God’s good creation?

Prayer: Creator God, may I be mindful of your gracious invitation to partner with you in the unfolding of your creation today.  Amen.

Who

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Wednesday, September 13, 2017
This week I came across a theologian that suggests that it is a hymn, a song of praise, how differently we approach the words and their meaning, through this lens.   Like a good poem, the point isn’t how God did it all, the story isn’t about how but about who.
Take time to re-read the passage and make note of who this God is that is sung about in this passage of scripture.
Prayer: Creator God, may I be mindful of your gracious invitation to partner with you in the unfolding of your creation today.  Amen.

Creation

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Poetically, we are led through a vast visualization of creation unfolding from very basic elements to more complex structures.  The one thing that drives the movement forward is God.
With the creation of light follows a separation of light from darkness; followed by a separation of waters from waters, then waters from dry land, then vegetation; the sun, the moon, the stars, sea creatures and winged creatures; creepy , crawling things and animals.  This poetic story is not meant to be understood literally, or scientifically, or historically but rather it is a song of praise to God and stands as a fundamental statement of faith that we believe that God was part of creation, is part of creation and will be part of creation. 
The counting of days and repetition of God’s response of seeing how good creation is; is the foundation of good oral tradition.  We can imagine parents telling the story to their young children, or communities gathered …

Chaos and order

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Monday, September 11, 2017

This story isn’t buried within the pages of our bible but stands at the beginning of our canon of scripture. Some scholars say during the exile the Priests placed this creation story front and center, needing to know and be reminded when all that had been familiar and holy had been taken away that God takes the mess of our world and creates something good and beautiful.
Much like a housekeeper tending to the laundry separating the darks from the lights, then moving onto the mess in the kitchen rising off the remnants of breakfast, washing, drying and stacking things of similar shapes and sizes together, God is imagined to exist in the primordial chaos of pre-creation and speaks our world into existence. Take time this week, while cleaning, sorting or organizing to think of God’s presence in your work.  May your active meditation be a time of sorting out the chaos of your week.
Prayer: Creator God, may I be mindful of your gracious invitatio…

Our story

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Sunday, September 10, 2017
We long to know our beginnings and to know we are connected; that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, we long to know that we are able to make a difference and that our lives matter and have meaning.  Our Genesis begins in the beginning with these words, “In the beginning.”  This is our story.  Join us today as we explore the story of Genesis 1, first in our education hour at 9:30 and then in worship at 10:40 a.m.
Prayer: Creator God, may I be mindful of your gracious invitation to partner with you in the unfolding of your creation today.  Amen.

Sabbath

Daily reading: Matthew 12:108 Friday, September 8, 2017
Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6 when he questions the Pharisees’ condemnation of the disciples’ actions of taking a very meager meal for themselves on the Sabbath.  He says “I want mercy and not sacrifice.”    The Common English bible translates it this way, “I desire faithful love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God instead of entirely burned offerings.”
The intention of Sabbath is liberation from enslavement.  At the core of the passage is Jesus’ defense of his disciples finding nourishment, which is grounded in the understanding that basic needs should be met.  Meeting those needs is then grounded in mercy and compassion.
Prayer:  Holy God, creator of all, center me today.  Help me to remember that you alone are God.  Guide my thoughts, my words and my actions today.  Amen.