Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
You matter to God.
St. Paul’s UMC
GPS: Grow, Pray Study Guide
for the week of September 16 - September 22,
Creation, Sky Sunday: Dominion & Exploitation
To gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a deeply committed
follower of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
To be able to recognize your experiences of God and to discover God in
new and different ways.
I encourage you to read this Scripture every day and by the end of the
week have it memorized or to the point of where you can paraphrase the
verse(s). Try writing it down on post-it
notes and place them in areas where you will see it daily, for example the
bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.”
Psalm 19:1 CEB
your glory fills the heavens and all that you have made bears your mark. We
pray for this creation: we ask forgiveness for the ways in which we have
disfigured it; we pray for those who cannot enjoy the warm sun or the cool
night, those who are imprisoned or alone those who are ill or infirm those who
mourn. Use all of us, our hearts, and our hands, to bring your wondrous power
into their lives. Use all of us to protect and care for all of your wondrous
creation. Hear these and all our prayers, Holy God. Let the words of our mouths
and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, O Lord, our Rock and
our Redeemer. Let us glorify you, O God. Let your hymn resound in our lives. In
the name of God, our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our
Monday, Sep. 17, 2018 read Psalm 19. This is a Psalm that affirms creation
and law declares God’s glory. Drawing upon the imagery of heaven day and night
this Psalm/hymn is transformed as a celebration of God’s creation. The universe
in its very existence is portrayed as giving God a liturgy of praise. When you
see the sun, moon, stars what praises do you offer to God?
Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018 read Psalm
19:1-6. The heavens and
firmament are continuously telling along with the sun and stars (day and night)
the glory of God’s creation. Knowledge of God is poured forth without speech.
The sun’s regular movement across the heavens is a reminder that God is the one
who set Creation into motion. Are you taking time to gaze and reflect upon the
God who created the sun, moon and stars? All too often we block ourselves from
the beauty of the sky by staying indoors. Take time to gaze at the heavens, be
still and listen for God to speak.
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018 read Genesis
1:26. Before sin
entered into humanity, God gave humans dominion over creation. The Scripture
passage combines humanity in the image of God (imago dei) receiving dominion
over creation. So because we are made in the image of God we are to nurture,
tend creation as God would. We are placed in an interdependent relationship
with creation. How do you see yourself being interdependent with creation? How
do you nurture creation?
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 read Deuteronomy
4:15-20. In ancient
days (and still today) there were people who worshiped the sun, moon and stars.
They worshipped the objects themselves, not the one who created them. What is
the danger of worshipping objects? Are you aware of objects that you idolize?
Are you aware of objects of parts of creation that you despise? What can you do
to begin to see them as creations of God?
Friday, Sep. 21, 2018 read Psalm 89. Verses 5 through 14 is a beautiful hymn
praising the Creator including details about the heavens that were not included
in Genesis 1. All sorts of heavenly beings surround the throne of God. In verse
14 we are told, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne.
Steadfast love and faithfulness go before God.” How do you display steadfast
love and faithfulness for God’s creation?
Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018 read Matthew
24:29. Emperors claimed
the blessing of the sun and moon. They depicted themselves with the sun’s rays
on coins. When Jesus comes again, the worldly leaders who think of themselves
as gods will face the ultimate God through Jesus. Pray for leaders and rulers
around the world to see themselves as humans created in the imago dei (image of
God) instead of a god. Pray for their leadership to be open to the wisdom of
God. Pray for their leadership to be humble before God.
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