Cover image: https://www.galerieart.cz/chagall_021_tvoreni.jpg
Another 20th century illustration of creation: https://www.picassomio.com/carlos-cenoz-bermejo-dino/9951.html
Google: Images Genesis 2:18 or whatever piece you are using
http://storypath.upsem.edu/this-moose-belongs-to-me/ Children’s storybook “This Moose Belongs to Me” addresses issues of stewardship.*
https://spaciousfaith.com/2013/10/25/worship-pieces-genesis-24-9/ Call to Worship from Gen 2:4-9
Eight worship service outlines on the theme of creation (from “Reformed Worship”)*
Week 1: In the Spotlight of God’s Love (Matt. 10:28-31)
Week 2: Taste and See that the Lord Is Good (John 4:46-53)
Week 3: Wondrous Time (John 2:1-12)
Week 4: God the Gardener (Gen. 2:4b-15; John 6:1-15)
Week 5: The Gift of Community (Gen. 2:15-25; Ps. 92; John 5:1-18)
Week 6: Communion with God (Gen. 3:1-8; Ps. 23; John 14:15-24)
Week 7: The Challenge of These Days (Prov. 30:18-19, 24-28; Ps. 104; John 3:1-8)
Week 8: The Wonder of the New Creation (John 11:1-7, 17-25)
https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-story-of-creation-for-child-like.html An intergenerational story of creation (Genesis 1-2) told in gestures and words*
Opening Prayer adapted from the Book of Common Worship (1993)
O God, we believe you still create. You still speak. You still guide. You still are with us. You still breathe life into the world. You still provide for us what we need. We want to see more clearly. We want to listen more carefully. We want to walk more faithfully. We want to breathe more deeply. We want to trust more completely. Empower us this hour to see and to hear, to walk and to breathe, and to trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Call to Worship
Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.
One: O God, we come one by one. Many: O God, we come together.
We come because it is not good to be alone. We come because we need companionship on the journey. We seek communion with you. We seek communion with one another. Provide us today with the helps and companions we need, that we may walk faithfully and joyfully in your way. ALL: IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.
Rite of Confession Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.
*Call to Confession: At times we forget—or do not believe—that God has called us to live together in harmony. Let us ask God to forgive and re-direct us.
*Prayer of Confession
O God, it is hard to journey together. This one complains too much. That one goes too fast. This one gets on my nerves. That one slows me down. We don’t agree on where to go and how to get there. Yet you created us to live together and to help one another. Forgive our disbelief. Redirect us so that we see your image and your gifts in each person. (Silent confession)
*Assurance of Pardon: God created us to live with one another in harmony and without shame, relying on God’s grace and mercy. Together, we share—and give thanks for—the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Prayer of Dedication adapted from the Book of Common Worship (PC-USA 1993)
O God, you greatly love us. You ever seek us. You mercifully redeem us. Give us grace that in everything we may yield our gifts and ourselves, our wills and our works as a continual thank-offering to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer)
One: The Lord be with you.
Many: And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O God, you created the vast universe and called it good. You made us in your image and called us very good. And then you declared that it is not good for us to be alone. You give us all of creation, each other and your Son as companions on our journey. And so we thank you, O God.
You gave Adam and Eve the food and water of the garden, providing for their needs. So, too, you provide for us through this meal. You join us to creation. You join us to you. You join us to each other and to all the faithful in every time and place. And so we thank you, O God.
When we are rebellious, rejecting your help and the help of others, you do not leave us alone. Instead, you faithfully pursue us, calling and claiming us as your people, made in your image. You call us to live in harmony with creation. You call us to live as neighbors and family. You call us to live united to you. And so we thank you, O God.
Let your Holy Spirit move over us and over these earthly gifts of bread and cup. Join us together in the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Join us together with another and all your people in anticipation of the heavenly banquet, in which all creation will join in your praise, all divisions will be healed and we will be united with you forever. Amen.
Word study on “help meet/suitable companion” Genesis 2:18 https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5828&t=KJV
NL from Working Preacher commentary* https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2553
Discussion of the theological anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2, in which the human is seen as a creation in the likeness of Christ, the Trinity and God the Creator.*
Part 2 of discussion of anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2: the above: created in God’s image as male and female.*
This article, “Faith, Humility, and The Process of Soil Formation,” discusses the importance and variety of soil, creation of the first human, and the human mission of cultivating the earth.*
“A Helper for What?” looks at how to work together at work.*
“Creation is underway,” in Buechner’s narration of the morning’s household events as an analogy of Genesis 1-2 from his Alphabet of Grace.*
Uses creation from Genesis & John to demonstrate how imago dei means sub-creating, which points to truth and leads to flourishing.*
Animated video introducing Genesis 1-11’s literary design, flow and its contribution to the story of Jesus*
157 hymns for Genesis 2*: https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=Genesis+2&media=text&page=0
“Sing We Now of Eve”* Based on Genesis 2; 3:1-20 Recommended Tune: Picardy, a French carol, Chansons populaires des provinces de France (1860)vMeter: 87 87 87* https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/sing-we-now-of-eve-first-woman
Sung version of the creation story from Madagascar with translation* https://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/44250422616/masikoro-believers-sing-creation-story