Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 15, 2014 - Father's Day

Scriptures for June 15th: Genesis 1:1-2:4; Psalm 8;2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20; theme: Father’s Day ; Song: This is my Father’s World Genesis: This is the creation story to remind us that we were created from God. And thousands of years later God is still creating. There are many who would like to make up other stories of how we were created. We have a tendency to take matters into our own hands, and to make up our own beliefs. We have to be reminded that God is the center of the creation story, the point is about what God did and not about who we are. As a matter of fact, we are an important but small part of the story. I think that is a fitting scripture for fathers day – to remind us that our fathers, are sort of like God. They created us, but they also guide us and take care of us when we can’t take care of ourelves. But we thank not our fathers, but God for sending them into our lives. God asks each one of us to take a part in creation, to live a life that makes a difference. But we do not take credit for the small part we play, we give all glory, honor and praise to God. 2 Corinthians: Paul reminds us that God uses us to build his kingdom on earth. We all have a small part to play. This is his farewell to the Corinthian church. He reminds them and he reminds us that if God trust us, we should order our work in the same way that Christ does: put things in order, listen to my appeal, live in peace, greet one another. In order we should do everything with order, peace and respect. And we will see the fruits of our labor. But more importantly, God will be able to use us for his purpose. It is a lesson on how fathers (and mothers) should order their household and raise their children. This is a very short verse, but with a very big lesson for us to hold onto. Questions: What do you think of when you the creation story? In light of all of the scientific evidence, is the creation story even relevant? How does God call us to be a part of creation? What part does man play in the story? What difference does it make to have an orderly life? why is peace so important in an community? Is peace and order possible in a community that you do not have a relationship with? Why does God give the work to a community and not just individuals? What does it take to bring unity in a community?

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