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September 1 Lesson 1 GOD CREATES
DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 6:25–34 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Psalm 104
PSALM 104:5–9, 24–30 KEY VERSE O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.—Psalm 104:24
Unit 1: First Days LESSONS 1–5 LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to: 1. List evidence of God’s ability to create and sustain. 2. Match elements of the lesson text with their parallels in Genesis 1 and 2.






LESSON OUTLINE Introduction       A.      First Things First       B.      Lesson Background: The Psalms           I.      Sovereign Power (PSALM 104:5–9)       A.      Creating the Earth (v. 5)       B.      Commanding the Waters (vv. 6–9)       Breathtaking!           II.      Sustaining Care (PSALM 104:24–30)       A.      Providing Variety (vv. 24–26) His Creativity, Our Blessing       B.      Providing Food (vv. 27, 28)       C.      Providing Life (vv. 29, 30) Conclusion       A.      The Importance of Beginning Well       …

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 17
YEAR C

   Old TestamentJeremiah 2:4–13
Psalm Psalm 81:1, 10–16 (UMH 803)
 New Testament Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16
 Gospel Luke 14:1, 7–14


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 17
YEAR C
On the same date: Joshua

 Old Testament Proverbs 25:2–10
   Psalm  Psalm 131
 Epistle Hebrews 13:1–17
 Gospel Luke 14:1–14


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 17
YEAR C

 PsalmPsalm 112
             First Reading       (Sirach 10:7–11) 12–18
             Second Reading       Hebrews 13:1–8
Gospel       Luke 14:1, 7–14


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 17
YEAR C


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 2:4–13
             Psalm       Psalm 81:1, 10–16
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Sirach 10:12–18 or Proverbs 25:6–7
             Psalm       Psalm 112

             New Testament       Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16
             Gospel       Luke 14:1, 7–14


Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, vols.

September 1: An Unusual Portrait
Hosea 1:1–2:23; Acts 1:1–26

“At the beginning when Yahweh spoke through Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea, ‘Go, take for yourself a wife and children of whoredom, because the land commits great whoredom forsaking Yahweh.’ So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son” (Hos 1:2–3). God’s people had prostituted themselves to other nations by seeking their help instead of Yahweh’s. Hosea’s act, which dramatized the rebellion of God’s people against Him, is one of the oddest in the Bible.
God loves His people with passion and jealousy. He has little tolerance when they seek alliances with other nations and put false gods before Him. At times, He takes shocking measures to get their attention. The act He requires of Hosea not only depicts Israel’s unfaithfulness, but it also reveals God’s own feelings of betrayal. Many of us can empathize.
At such moments in the Bible, it’s hard to understand how God uses such behavior to furthe…