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The Crisis of Our Control by Raymond A. Foss

By failing to heed the commandments
the laws of the Lord
our planet crying out
the crisis of our control

Thinking we can do
anything we choose
consequences to our actions
all around the earth

Stewards only of the world
dominion does not mean overuse
leaving nothing in our wake
only scars upon the land

Forgetting our place in creation
servants of the king
caring for the land in our time
while we walk upon the earth

Rest, for ourselves,
all peoples, all animals too
even rest for the land
as the master planned
commanded us to do

Now facing the costs
our arrogance revealed
the crisis of our control
when we set ourselves up as God

December 13, 2009
Philippians 4:4-7
Exodus 23:10-12
Isaiah 12:2-6 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 150, United Methodist Hymnal #862 (Responsive Prayer)
Genesis 1:26-30
Worship Theme: “Advent Conspiracy: Thou Shalt Rest”
sermon, “And I Will Give You Rest”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss,
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 13, 2009
Third Sunday of Advent
part of a series of sermons,
using the Advent Conspiracy
Pastoral Letter of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church
“God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action”, at:
& more worship resources at:
Bill McKibben,
December 10, 2009
“The Moral Math of Climate Change”
Speaking of Faith
15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15)
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