The Psalmists envision God as the one who numbers the stars and counts the hairs on our head. The Priestly writers envision God as the one who creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh, giving us the weekly rhythm of work and sabbath. The Israelites order their communities into twelve tribes, and Jesus gathers up twelve disciples. Noah was on the ark for forty days and forty nights, and Jesus was in the desert for the same length of time. As Christians, we count on God—we await and hope for and look to and trust in the Lord—and yet, there’s another kind of counting going on just under the surface. One, three, five, seven, twelve, forty, fifty: what do the numbers mean in the Bible? Where do they come from and what gift might they give us?
This sermon series will explore the mystery and meaning conveyed by our ancient writers and the ways we can count on God.
Join us on Sundays for Counting On God:
|ONE||July 29||Bill Evertsberg|
|THREE||August 5||Jo Forrest|
|FIVE||August 12||Jo Forrest|
|SEVEN||August 19||Katie Lancaster|
|TWELVE||August 26||Katie Lancaster|
|FORTY||September 2||Bill Evertsberg|
|FIFTY||September 9||Katie Lancaster|