God Remembers

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: July 8, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Genesis 6:5-8:1Psalm 104Mark 1:1, 9-11

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

I’ve often been amused or troubled how often Noah’s ark and the flood are a popular source for children’s toys and storybooks. The flood is really quite a horrific and terrifying story:

“And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings; everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the spirit of life died.

“Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.”

Humanity’s violence had left the earth in ruins and in waste and all of God’s creating work was undone. Almost all life was extinguished and the complete order of land and sky and dark and light were now chaos again.

On the other hand, as they learn about history, won’t our children see how again and again, humanity repeatedly undoes creation? How empires crush peoples only to fall to ruin themselves over and over again? How we turn gardens into deserts and wipe away whole species at a time?

And might they experience dark times in their own lives when they feel there is no hope?

Perhaps knowing this grim story thoroughly will prepare them for the darkness they will encounter in the world and in life.

There is a safe place, an ark. It is Jesus Christ. Whatever darkness or threat we encounter, we can turn to find comfort and hope in Jesus.

In the darkness, over the waters of the flood, the Holy Spirit was present, bringing healing, order and new life.

For all the violence of our world, in all the waste and ruin, humanity still looks and listens for the Holy Spirit, bringing renewal and new life while we wait for Jesus to return.

The Wisdom of God is Life

Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (starting July 1)

Bulletin: July 1, 2018

NewsletterJune 2018

Scriptures: Psalm 82Genesis 3

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Most people know what it is to feel shame. We may not agree what sort of things should cause a person shame. It could be how they treat others, how they treat nature, or how they treat their own lives. By contrast, a person who never feels shame or remorse about anything can be concerning.

People react differently to shame. We might avoid people who remind us of our shame. We might try and cover shame with activism, or making a difference, or alcohol, or work, or anger, or pleasure.

The garden of Eden is a story about the corruption of God’s good creation by humanity, the very people God had asked to rule over creation. In their failure and shame, Eve and Adam hide from God and from each other.

At every point in the story, God responds with grace. While concerned for all of creation, God also takes care of Eve and Adam. In a wonderfully gentle scene, God himself makes them clothing and dresses them. Seeing their shame, God covers it.

Are there things that you try and hide from God or from others?

God continues to care for all creation and for you. God sent Jesus into creation to cover people in a way that simple clothing cannot. Our grief, our pain, our guilt, our failures: Jesus dresses people who turn to him and begins the work of healing and renewal.

And may God have mercy on those who like Lamech who feel no shame.

God’s Creation Symphony

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: June 27, 2018

Newsletter: June 2018

Scripture: Genesis 2:4-25James 1:12-18

Songs:

  • For the Music of Creation
  • Creation Sings the Father’s Song (lyrics & melody, video, 2, background)
  • All Things Bright & Beautiful (lyrics & background, video, history, 2meditation)
  • Create in Me (Here is a recording of “Create in Me”, sung by two members of the music group called IN HIS IMAGE [graduates of the 1980-1981 Baptist Leadership Training School class]. The soloists are Diane Speirs and Miriam Selleick. This music ministry group toured both Western and Eastern Canada in the summers of 1981 and 1982.)
    Create in Me

Rev. John Nelson

In Genesis 2:4-2 the story of Creation is rich in creativity and connection. Genesis 2 finds God at rest, blessing this day of rest, after creating the heavens and the earth. However, now there is a definite shift in the story starting at verse 5. The story moves from God’s perspective to a story revealing God’s intimate perspective. The Creation story continues, but we find ourselves in the Garden. The story begins to focus upon the wonder that, WE WERE CREATED! God is moving now from the creation of things, to the creation of life. God shifts His focus from the Universe, from the heavens and the earth, to the story of humanity, and all this in takes place in the Garden.

In Genesis 2 we read of a more personal God (Yahweh), who protects, provides and truly desires a relationship with His creation. God also realizes that His creation requires more than simply a connection to the Creator. God knows that it is not good for man to be alone. How did God attempt to fill man’s loneliness and establish this relationship with His creation? How did God’s creation respond to Him? What was the primary goal for God’s creation in their response? Did the creation of the animal kingdom fill man’s need? What was it that God still realized that was lacking for man in His creation?.

The Creation story is drawing to a close in Genesis 21-22, yet God saves the best for last. God creates man’s helper which man calls, “woman because she was taken out of man.” Yet in this act of creation, there was not dominion In this exercise of naming God’s helper for man, as there had been in the naming of the animals. Adam’s naming of his “helper” is an expression of sheer joy at what God had accomplished. One could almost say as well, that the ordinance of marriage was instituted.

Creation may have ended with the creation of Adam and Eve, but were they really the main focal point of the story? What was the primary focus? Come and hear more about “God’s Creation Symphony” and be harmonized by the notable wonder that WE WERE CREATED TO CONNECT.

God Makes Time for Rest

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Testimony Alicyn Miller
Learning for Life: Returns in September 
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: June 17, 2018 (to come)

Newsletter: June 2018

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2, 2:1-3; Psalm 95, Hebrews 4:1-11.

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

God’s Viceroy

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Testimony
Judy Grimsrude

Learning for Life: Returns in September 
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: June 10, 2018

Newsletter: June 2018

Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20; Psalm 8: Genesis 1:26-31

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

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