Upcoming Worship Focus

Preview for Service of Word and Sacrament, June 7, 2020
Trinity Sunday (Year A)
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Celebrated
Liturgical Color: White
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California
 

This weekly study guide seeks to help us prepare for the upcoming Sunday service and teaching. 

Please Note –
This Sunday, we will not worship in person. However, we will live-stream worship on our Facebook page (Westminster Pres-Tiburon) on Sunday at 10:00am. We will have a video of worship available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI7AuMKsXWJTserXPjBjPDw) by Monday.

Call to Worship
One:    Holy Three and Holy One...
Many: We praise you in your indescribable fullness.
One:    In your diversity we recognize the blessedness of creation’s diversity.
Many: Your beauty knows infinite expressions.
One:    We seek you in word and sacrament.
Many: Let us recognize your living word and sacrament in daily life.

Community Prayer
Creating God, creative God, you have laid out the heavens and the earth and given us a place within them, and we praise you. Your manifestations of divine love are limitless in number, and yet routinely we try and limit want counts as holy, good, or worthy. Explode our imaginations, that our minds might be opened to a wider reality than we ever imagined. Bless us with the ability and sensibility to find you wherever we go. Amen.

Sermon Focus & Title       Created Again        Robert McClellan
The first creation story in Genesis lays out the cosmos like a temple. Creation flows from God in all its diversity. On this Trinity Sunday, we recognize the “we” of God in the creation poem, not to force the doctrine of God as three and one, but to recognize the expansiveness of the divine expression. The natural result of God’s activity is not uniformity, but a deep oneness experienced in the manyness all emanating from the one.

Scripture(s)
Genesis 1:1-2:3

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together God called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night — and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24And 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. 25God 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.

26Then 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.” 27So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28God 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.” 29God 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. 30And 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. 31God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that God had done, and God rested on the seventh day from all the work that God had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that God had done in creation.

Hymns
What is This Place       No. 404
Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth       No. 7

Quotes, Questions & Prompts for Reflection, Discussion, and Prayer
“If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.”
-Meister Eckhart

1. Have you ever noticed God speaking in the plural in the creation story before? What do you make of this?
2. What does this creation story have to say to us today?
3. What is the relationship between religion and science?
4. What do you make of the fact so many claim to experience God in nature?
5. How does this creation story differ from that of the story of Adam & Eve which follows? Where is their overlap and where is there divergence?