A Responsive Reading Based on Genesis 9:8-17
ONE: We live in a time of hurt, pain, confusion, and frustration.
ALL: We live in a time when racism, prejudice, and violence run rampant in the streets.
ONE: We live in a time when even the earth seems upset – the great waters of the deep roar and foam.
ALL: Earth shows its distaste for our lack of care for creation causing hurricanes and waves that destroy everything in their paths.
ONE: God looks down from heaven and is grieved.
ALL: God sees that the earth is not as it should be.
ONE: God sees that what He created as being very good has been marred by the effects of sin and grief.
ALL: As a Mother, God longs to embrace all humanity under her wings and provide new life for them.
ONE: In a moment of compassion, God has reached out her hands towards her children
ALL: Promising them new life and new opportunities
ONE: In the midst of the waves of guilt and grief
ALL: In the midst of the deep waters of pain and anguish
ONE: God has promised
ALL: Never to flood the world again
ONE: And instead to bring about new hope once again in an everlasting covenant with all God’s people.
ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD.