Weekly Evangelectionary for Sunday Oct. 4 2015

nebulaNineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Texts:  Job 1:1, 2:1-10 or Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 26 or Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Theme: “You have set your glory above the heavens”

Message: “Nature’s God, and man’s, too”

“First, though the Psalm espouses a high view of humanity, it begins and ends with praise of  God…We are made in God’s image.  We are given a very exalted place, indeed.  But we are not  God.  Our proper duty is to praise the Creator…

Second, with dominion comes great responsibility…if we are God’s viceroys, then surely we are to rule as God rules; that is, not as those who exploit and ravage the earth, but as caretakers, as stewards, as one who will live for the rest of creation.  See Psalm 148.”

(Outline from Kathryn Schifferdecker, WorkingPreacher.org, /preaching)

Quote(s):

“The enemies of God keep stumbling upon His fingerprints, on a faraway star or a nearby flower,  or a patch of snow, a horse, a man, or a woman.  God’s fingerprints!” (Calvin Seerveld)

The Psalmist says that God created man a little lower than the angels, and Mark Twain responds:  “And he’s been getting a little lower ever since.”

Illustration

The (Apollo 13) astronauts were once interviewed on The Today Show, and they were asked if their experience had influenced their faith.  James Lovell answered that the experience had personally strengthened His belief in a God who created all the wonder of the universe they observed in awe.

Music 

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God,”  “How Great Thou Art,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “All      Creatures of Our God and King,”  “This is My Father’s World,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,”   “From Thee All Skill and Science Flow,” “O Lord of Every Shining Constellation,” “O God of Space    and Time”

Call to Worship

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or  language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to   the ends of the world. (Ps. 19:1-4 NIV)

avatar About Bruce Laverman

Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: