Caring For Creation
We had another fine Saturday morning at the Big Red Church. The sky outside was grey and the air was cool. Inside the feeling was bright and the spirit warm. The Called To Be Band sang some fine songs and I shared a few insights and encouragements. We recorded these and hope you will find at least a little inspiriation and motive for being kind in and through all your relations.
Next week we are planning to have our service outside the Church. This will depend on the weather. Should there be a possibility of rain, we will cancel the service and circulate a video as we have been doing for the past while. If the weather is fine, we will be happy to see you present. The service will begin with the Church bells ringing at eleven o'clock. The worship will begin at about fifteen past eleven.
We are asking that you bring lawn chairs to sit on. There will be no food or beverage served. If you like a cup of coffee during the service you should bring it along with you. We are planning to serve communion next week as well. Instructions will be given during the service. And, because health concerns are still in play, we are reminding you to keep a safe distance and avoid breathing directly on others.
Scripture Readings for This Week:
Genesis 1:24-31 - God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
Psalm 8:3-9 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."