WORD for the Week for May 5, 2019
Third Sunday in Easter
A nine-week worship series: Green Faith
Week 2
Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth  

This spring and summer, you are invited to confront global climate change from a faith perspective during our 9-week series focusing on Green Faith.

Using the book  Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth  by Fletcher Harper as our guide, the Hennepin community will explore how "God is calling us to live differently" in the age of global climate change. We will explore how we can and must take action to protect Creation, reconnect to nature-based spirituality, and commit more fully to environmental justice.  

Every Sunday, you will hear Green Faith-themed sermons on topics like "Many Faiths, One Earth," "The Pale Blue Dot," and "Our Kairos Moment." Throughout the series, we're hosting events and programs to explore Green Faith through art, film, music, food, discussion, and more.

Spend the season deepening your Green Faith at Hennepin.
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (NIV)

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion :   Good, good, and very good. The Old Testament is grounded with stories of God’s people living in and connecting with the natural world that itself revealed the presence of the God who created it.
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text:   Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (NIV)

The Story:  Rev.   Frenchye Magee
Reflection: This week in Sacred Journey, Frenchye shares The Story and calls us to consider the last time we fell in love—with the earth! It’s only as humans find a deep love for non-human creation for its intrinsic goodness, not for what we receive from it, that we will move from domination to care; from consumerism to delight. We are called to choose life as an echo of God’s creative imperative. Is life that comes at the expense of our planetary resources really worth it? Can we find ways of being true co-creators as we lean in to life for all that is, seen and unseen? We’ll explore the questions and pray together for better answers as we continue the journey. All are welcome! Bring a neighbor or friend to share in this important worship series.
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am

Preaching:  Rev. Frenchye Magee

Message: Good, Good and Very Good”

Reflection: Fletcher Harper, author of  Green Faith: Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth,  writes: “The witness [of scripture] is consistent and clear. The natural world is a place where we meet God, are empowered to know God, see God more clearly than many other places. God values creation with the same ultimacy with which God values us….the fate of the earth is the same as our fate. We are loved, healed, restored, and redeemed by God.”

Like any other love relationship, creation care begins with perception. As Easter people, we are called to align our perception in with God’s, whose love for all creation (including humans) ultimately moves the dualistic boundaries of life and death. For us, saving the earth means more than sentimental preservation. It means discovery of an ethos of love that calls us to choose life for all creation. Can we find it in our hearts to love God and God’s world the way that we are loved? What difference would it make for us to realize that our care for the earth is care and attention to our own deep existence as people of life, not death? Would we value the lessons that indigenous peoples have tried to share for centuries? Would we listen to the voice of creation as it affirms its intrinsic goodness in the myriad expressions of beauty? This week as we celebrate Native American Sunday, let’s ask ourselves whether we can fall in love one more time.

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: When you read the Bible, what language is it in? For many of us, the likely response is English. But the Older Testament was originally written in Ancient Hebrew and the Newer Testament was originally written in Koine Greek. We've done a lot of work translating these languages so we can read the Bible, too. In Hebrew, there is a wonderful, tiny little word: "tov," pronounced like "stove." It means "good," and God has made a very, very "tov" world, yes? Next time you read the Genesis creation story with an adult, try saying "tov" instead of "good," and you may find it to be fun!


The Bible In Your Hands

You're invited to "dig deeper." Here are a handful of resources:

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church resources:
Worship Bulletins  | online archive of HAUMC worship bulletins
Sermon Recordings  | HAUMC Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship sermon recordings
Devotional Ministry  | HAUMC seasonal daily devotional ministry

Scripture exegesis and commentary resources:
Bible Gateway  | the Bible in hundreds of translations (NRSV, CEB, The Message, etc.)
BibleHub  | parse out the original Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT)
Enter the Bible  | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Luther Seminary
Oxford Biblical Studies  | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Oxford
Working Preacher  | read and listen to lectionary commentary from Luther Seminary faculty

Art and Music resources:
Art in the Christian Tradition  | The Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library at Vanderbilt
Hymnary  | a resource for both modern and traditional worship music and hymns
Sing for Joy  | a worship music and hymn resource from St. Olaf College
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