This sermon is based on Genesis 1:26–31 and John 2:1–11, which focus on food as God’s gift in creation and the central role it plays in our relationship with God and each other. It explores four values to cultivate when we look about food biblically – celebration, abundance, dependence and community/relationship.
In this sermon, we’re reminded of how our current food system leads to a breakdown in relationships, before looking at the vision of Hosea 2:18-23 – of harmony and restored relationships throughout creation – and meditating on two marks of this: an end to violence, and new values – righteousness and justice, love and compassion.
The following sermon, mainly based on Genesis 2:8–17, explores the topic of trees and how they are vital for the diversity of life that God calls us to serve and preserve. It reminds us of the tree of life and its focus on a God-centred wisdom, which is rooted in a healthy relationship with God and a healthy relationship with God’s creation – including trees.
This sermon was preached by Dr Robert Sluka at Dorchester Abbey in the UK.
The following sermon is based on Jeremiah 29:4–11 and addresses our culture’s rootlessness, linked to the desire to continually look over the horizon for ‘the next move’, for ‘a better place’. It emphasizes the biblical call that most of us need to hear: to stay put and deepen our roots in the places God has put us.
A Rocha Netherlands’ churches resource pack for 2014. The theme is “Stad in bloei” (‘City in bloom’), based on Jeremiah 29:4–7.
A Rocha Netherlands’ churches resource pack for 2013. The theme is “What a Wonderful World!”, based on Psalm 104:24.