The worship focus from January 3 through February 14 will be a study of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. This section at the beginning of the Bible is often referred to as the “pre-history” section of the scripture. It begins with two accounts of creation (chapters 1 and 2) and leads up to the call of Abraham and Sarah (chapter 12). It includes familiar stories like “the fall,” Noah and the ark, and the tower of Babel.
Families and individuals are encouraged to engage in this study beyond the Sunday morning worship experience. This could include any or all of the following: 1) Read Genesis 1-11 in one setting. 2) Read the scripture for the coming Sunday each day and write down the thoughts and questions that come to your mind. 3) Write down new thoughts, reflections or ongoing questions that you have after the worship service. 4) Reflect on these scriptures in your family setting, Sunday school class or other group that you gather with regularly. 5) Create a drawing, write a poem or a song that expresses your experience of the story and share that with at least one other person.
A part of the experience of this study in worship will be an “experiment” in preaching. Rather than the traditional one person preaching, there will be two to five persons sharing together out of their study and reflections on the scripture. The persons who will be sharing in this “experiment” are: John C. Murray, Ryan Kopper, Brooke Gugal, Cody Zabroski and Jan Erb. Each Sunday at least two of these persons will be sharing with the congregation.