On this Memorial Day weekend some of us will be traveling and others may have friends and/or family visiting. But wherever we are -- and whatever we’re doing -- we remember and give thanks for those who work and give their lives for peace; both those in the military and those, who, through diplomacy and even protest, strive to make the world a safer and more grace-filled place.
If you're in town join us for worship. Our students and children will be with us through the entire service and so we’re going to have a fun and meaningful exploration of the story of Noah's ark, complete with special music and a little skit!
Then, on Sunday afternoon at 4 PM, we will have a ‘blessing of the animals’ here in our courtyard as a celebration of Noah's preservation of the creatures. Bring your pet and a thankful heart for the grace, and even healing, that we receive from the animals in our lives!
Grace and peace,
This week's worship information:
Sunday's Message: Flooded by Grace
Genesis chapters 6-9 (selected verses) … you could read the entire section in preparation!
Questions for reflection:
- What question (s) would you have for Noah if you could talk to him today?
- What do you think the story of Noah and the ark is trying to tell us? Do you think it is true… or truth? And what might be the difference between true and truth?
- Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or maybe you are a … ?... person. Whichever it is, take time this week to notice God’s creation and creatures and give thanks for the abundance of creativity and life that surrounds us!
Genesis chapters 6-9 (selected)
The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So, the LORD said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created —people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD. And God said to Noah, “Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. And then all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.
But God remembered Noah and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; and Noah saw that the face of the ground was drying. Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. So Noah went out and every animal went out of the ark by families. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. Then God said to Noah, “I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature that is on the earth.”