In her Sunday sermon “Creation,” preacher Blair Pogue made the following points about the first creation story in Genesis (1-2:4a):
The story causes her to picture God as an artist
This passage is not a scientific account, but a story that addresses important theological questions: Who is God? What is God like? What is the nature of the universe? Who are we in relationship to God?
This passage was first told orally, and then written down when the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. It was written to address feelings of hopelessness and despair (“Where is God?” “Does God still care about us?”)
God created something out of nothing.
God called everything God created “good.”
We are part of an interdependent web of life.
Do any of these points resonate with you, and if so, why?

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5 Responses to Creation

  1. Elizabeth Hosch says:

    I do still struggle to reconcile the goodness of God’s creation and the badness we see in the world. We hear stories every day about the awful things humankind does to itself. So, I really appreciated the thought that God created so much good from nothing. This does give us a good reason to hope, when it is easy to see hopelessness.

  2. Jenny Bach says:

    Anastasia Hacopian’s recent post on Krista Tippett’s “On Being” newsletter made me think of St. Matthew’s, and how our community finds itself in God’s story. It relates to the sermon’s idea of God as artist – and suggests art may be where we can meet God again and again. She said:

    “When the Old Testament prophet Isaiah writes, “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near,” it’s not, for me, about finding God through good timing, but about seeking God in thin places. It’s not about chronos, or chronological time, but about kairos. Art is created in kairos — an indeterminate time, unbound by the clock, where God is ever present. When art is shared and experienced, that thin place erupts open again for the mind and heart of the believer.”

  3. Cecelia says:

    I love considering God’s great power as Creator — because I know that, as God’s daughter, created in God’s image, I have that same creative power in me. I, like God, can love this world and breathe into life creations that are good. I can change things for the better.

  4. Bernard Sande says:

    The book of Genesis (beginnings) allows the audience/reader a glimpse of who God is, the Creator!
    I, however often struggle with the interpretation of two phrases: “the spirit of the Lord hovered above…” and ” And God said, ‘let us make man in our own image’.” Specially original meaning of the terms, “hovered” and “us”.
    Otherwise, as for me the first creation account shows how systematic God is. In fact, out of chaos He creates order. I very much appreciate a staccato of on going evaluation/quality assessment. It is quite exciting that at every assigned activity God is taking: two steps to marvel at the goodness of creation!
    I think, the church has to put into place mechanism on how to champion the provision of hope to the hopeless (marginalized) in society.

  5. Grant Abbott says:

    Our creator God uses an awesome, mysterious, beautiful, and frightening process in creating the world in which we live. It has taken nearly 14 billion years of an expanding universe of over 100 billion galaxies to bring human beings to life. Through change, struggle, suffering, death, and increasing complexity human beings have come to be and to be conscious of their existence. It’s a messy process filled with beauty, pain, and awesome mystery. Our hope is in joining with God and others in this creative process that we believe will lead somehow, some way to a holy communion of Being.

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