WORSHIP IN JUNE
It’s the story of hundreds of people gathered in Jerusalem and God’s spirit being poured out on them all, so they could dream dreams and see visions. Who would have thought that our greatest dream and vision this Pentecost would be simply being able to gather together again?
Whacking Away the Vultures
God gave old Abram a wonderful vision—children and grandchildren as many as the stars in the heaven. To remember the vision, Abram prepared a huge burnt sacrifice of all kinds of meat. But all through the night, he had to drive off the birds of prey to keep the sacrifice pure and the vision possible. (Genesis 15:1-15) Sometimes we too have to “whack away the vultures” to keep seeing God’s visions and dreaming God’s dreams. I know what my vultures are. What are yours?
You’ve Got to be Kidding
When the octogenarian Sarah overheard three men tell her nonagenarian husband that she was going to have a child, she laughed so hard the tears ran down her face and she had to stuff her apron in her mouth to keep her guests from hearing her. But God made sure who got the last laugh. (Genesis 18:1-15) What dream or vision has God shown you that made you laugh so hard you cried? Or perhaps your tears came from both laughter and a longing so deep you’d forgotten you had it.
Visions for Our Children
“Gladden the soul of your servant, O Lord,” prays the Psalmist, “for to you I lift up my soul.” The writer envisions God as “good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.” (Psalm 86:4-5) How do we envision God? How do we help our children envision God’s presence and love? Three fathers in our congregation share their reflections.
Looking Beyond the Expected
Abraham heard what he thought was God’s voice telling him to sacrifice his son Isaac. That wasn’t surprising. Many religions of his time demanded such sacrifice. It’s the ending of the story that’s the surprise—for Abraham and for us. (Genesis 22:1-14)
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