Good Beginnings

Hampden United Methodist Church

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

Today we begin a new series on the topic of Creation, with a sermon entitled “Good Beginnings.” The psalm we read in our Call to Worship (Ps. 72:18-19) proclaimed that the whole earth is filled with the glory of God. The female songstress in our reading from the Hebrew Bible  employed lush images of nature to expound the many virtues of her Beloved (Song of Songs 2:8-13). And in our reading from the New Testament, James says that “every good and perfect gift” comes from God.

If you’re familiar with the biblical account of Creation, you know that when God finished creating the world, God said that it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31).

And it is true that there is so much goodness and beauty to behold in the world. If…

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