Caring for Creation: Service, responsibility and stewardship

September 9, 2018

This Week's Scripture

The Lesson: Genesis 1:26-28

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.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female God created them. God 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.”

Psalm 8

  1. 1  O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!

  2. 2  Out of the mouths of infants and children * your majesty is praised above the heavens.

  3. 3  You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, * to quell the enemy and the avenger.

  4. 4  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, * the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

  5. 5  Who are we that you should be mindful of us? * that you should seek us out?

  6. 6  You have made us but little lower than the angels; * you adorn us with glory and honor;

  7. 7  You give us dominion over the works of your hands; * you put all things under our feet:

  8. 8  All sheep and oxen, * even the wild beasts of the field,

  9. 9  The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, * and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

  10. 10  O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!

The Lesson: Philippians 2:1-8

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death –even death on a cross.

The Gospel: Mark 10:41-45

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Humanity came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

 

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.