Week 1: Genesis 1

God Creates the World

Triple Play

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Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!

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St Matthew in the Word Kiddo Activity Week of 9/27

Play-Dough Creations!

If you haven’t already, read “God Creates the World part 1 and 2” from “The Story Bible” with your family.

  • Can you name some of the things God created or made? 
  • HOW did God create all those things? With His hands? Legos? 

God created our world by using ONLY His words. Each time you read what He created, it begins with “God said…God said…God said…” 

Take out your Play-Dough. Think about an object you’d like to make.  Maybe your favorite part of creation from the days you’ve read? Now look at your Play-Dough, say your name and then say “Let there be ______” and name your object.  For example, “Mrs. Wieneke said, “Let there be a dog” and there was a dog. Or “Lily said, ‘Let there be a sun’ and there was a sun”. Use only your words. How did that turn out for you? Still the Play-Dough blob of dough?

We’re not God. We don’t have the power to create with just our words. We are just blessed to enjoy all the parts of God’s amazing creation because of His love for us. God spoke it. It was created. God reminds us with His words that what He made is “good”.

Now take your Play-Dough and make anything you want with your hands or tools. Be creative. In Mrs. Wieneke’s video this week, she talks about all of creation bearing God’s fingerprints. Your creation today will be covered in your fingerprints too, just as God’s fingerprints are all over much of what we see everyday! Thank you God for being so so good!

Devotions

Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.

 

It Was Good

By Pastor Rob Appold

I’m not a very skilled builder or mechanic. I can do pretty simple things like assemble Ikea furniture or change the oil in my car. But anything more than that fills me with low grade anxiety because I fear the upcoming repair will end up costing a lot of money. Projects like this also stroke a bit of an inferiority complex within because I think I should be able to fix things myself, and I want to be the guy that makes life better.

So when my lawn mower wouldn’t start last week my heart sank within a little bit. What I wanted was to be able to find a switch inside the engine that somehow got flicked to “off” and all I had to do was flip it back to “on.” As I looked under the hood of the engine, I could see grass clippings in its little nooks and crannies. I’ve had mice in my shed before but this one took the cake. After 3 or 4 trips to my tool box to get the right wrench and other tools I took apart the appropriate parts and found the mouse nest (and what was the remains of a mouse) and the wires my little friend chewed up. I was able to clean up the mess, repair the wires and put the parts of the engine back together again. And then came the moment of truth: would the motor roar or explode when I turned the key?

This time the engine purred to life and I was able to complete the lawn mowing. I felt good that this repair was very inexpensive and I gloated to Liz that I was Mr. Fixit and needed to be treated with proper awe and gratitude. That part might be an overstatement but I was glad when the job was complete.

How about you? How do you feel when you complete a project? Do you celebrate? Do you rest? Start something new? I find it interesting that when God created things each day the Bible records that God reviewed His work and said it was ‘good.” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The world we live in and explore each day is the good gift of God He has given to us. And His giving really doesn’t stop. God gave us His Son. And with Jesus, the word made flesh (John 1: 14), the Bible promises us that God will give us all things. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 ESV)

Please note that on the 6th day when God made man and woman, he said it was “very good.” (vs 31). I’m glad He feels very good about me.

And I know He feels very good about making and redeeming you.

Maybe you remember the idea of Martin Luther who, when reflecting on God’s creative work, wrote: “All this He does only out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.”

I think I’m going to go mow my lawn. How about you?

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