Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Ron Mateer: Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsville, VA
   Rev. Ron Mateer


PASTOR'S NOTES
OUR BROODING GOD OR THE HATCHING OF CREATION

PENTECOST 1 –TRINITY SUNDAY

JUNE 11, 2017


BIBLE SCHOOL – The creation stories (There are two: Genesis 1: 1-2:41 And Genesis 2:4b-2:25) are not scientific formulas. This first creation story is theological poetry – a beautiful use of ordinary imagery that points to something larger than the individual words convey on their own. Science and theology answer two different questions. They are not separate truths, but instead are different ways of describing the same truth. The oral history that eventually was written down and became Genesis was not concerned with carbon dating, cell theory or nuclear fusion. As the late Shirley Guthrie wrote in Christian Doctrine, the purpose of the biblical writers was to bear “witness to the God who is the ultimate source and ruler of everything that is… They were not so concerned with the details of how we got here as with why we are here and how we can realize our destiny in the world.”

SCRIPTURE LESSON - GENESIS 1: 1-2:4a

THEOLOGY (GOD TALK) –

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name above all the earth.” (Psalm 8: 1, 9 - NIV) Genesis 1 is credited to Moses as its writer out of respect, but Genesis 1 was written as a statement of faith in the midst of horrific times. The time was when Jerusalem, the Temple, and major cities in Israel had been attacked and destroyed by ...

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Worship 10:30 AM every Sunday

Postal: PO Box 5184, Martinsville, VA 24115 | Phone: (276) 632-4677 | Email

Address of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: 1527 Church Street Extension in Martinsville, VA


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