What’s In a Name?

Our story starts over again this fall and we go all the way back to creation when God “made the earth and the heavens.” (Gen. 2:4)  In this second telling of the creation story, the places are named but God involves human kind in the naming of all the other creatures created to be our partners on earth. The power and promise of names are a theme that runs central through our Sunday texts this fall. As we hear again the story of God’s people, we take note of how names convey a deeper meaning for us. Lastly, we’ll weave the names of those we have loved and who have loved us into this story, as God calls us into one community, made holy for the sake of the whole world.

Sunday, September 8 – Names are Given
Genesis 2:4b-25

Sunday, September 15 – Names are a Gift
Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

Sunday, September 22 – Names are a Blessing
Genesis 32:[9-13]22-30

Sunday, September 29 – Names
Exodus 1:8-14 [15-2:10]; 3:1-15

Sunday, October 6 – Names Carry Expectation
Deuteronomy 5:1-21;6:4-9

Sunday, October 13 – Names Deliver Meaning
Ruth 1:1-17

Sunday, October 20 – Names are to be Praised
2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150

Sunday, October 27 – Names can be Misused
1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29

Sunday, November 3 – Names are to be Remembered
1 Kings 18:[17-19] 20-39