“Godly Governorship of God’s Very Good Creation” Aug 6, 2017
Call to Worship
L: For as heaven is higher than earth,
P: Even so God’s ways are higher than our ways, and God’s thoughts than our thoughts.
L: For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth,
P: Making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat,
U: Even so God’s word that comes from God’s mouth will not return to God empty.
(Genesis 1:26-31; Luke 13:1-9)
Our first reading comes from the book of Genesis.
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 he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Our second reading comes from the good news according to Luke.
1At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?
’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker (Guest Speaker) Sermon: “Godly Governorship of God’s Very Good Creation” (Genesis 1:26-31; Luke 13:1-9) August 6, 2017