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Creation Season 3: Water
Sermon originally presented October 21, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Thomas D. Harries

Water in Scripture

Water as a great power

Full of majesty:
Psalm 93:
4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves † of the sea,
majestic on high is the LORD!

Ability to control it a sign of God’s power, and of Jesus
Psalm 65:
7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,
Matthew 8:
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm.
27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” (NRSV)

Noah
Parting the Red Sea
Water in the Wilderness at Meribah

Properties of Water
H2O, made of two hydrogen and an oxygen
3 forms
Water is the only substance that occurs at ordinary temperatures in all three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas
Ice: Glaciers and ice caps, on water surfaces in winter, as snow, hail, frost and clouds
Liquid: Rain clouds dew. Covers ¾ of the earth’s surface in swamps, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Gas, or water vapor it occurs as fog, steam, and clouds.

Expansion on freezing
Water attains its maximum density at a temperature of 40 C (390 F)
Without this characteristic, Minnesota would be a very different place, one nearly devoid of fish, turtles, frogs, and many other forms of aquatic life.
Ice Nine

Solvent
Because most substance are somewhat soluble in water, it is frequently called the universal solvent
Seawater contains, in addition to concentrated amounts of salt, many other soluble compounds carried down to it by rivers and streams.
It acts as a catalyst for many important chemical reactions

In addition, water is good at holding things in suspension. Thus mud and dirt and many things that don’t actually dissolve in water can still be carried downstream by it.

Water is indeed a great and varied blessing in our lives.

Theme: How we are blessed by the natural world.
Animals, Plants, and now Water.

Water blesses us with its cleansing

Water blesses us with its Beauty of Water
  • Lake Superior
  • Sailing
  • Walking on the shore
  • Ocean
  • Streams
  • Congdon Park
Photo by Bert Whitcombe

Water also blesses us with its sounds

Pause invite people to listen to the Rain Sticks

Source of life
Deuteronomy 11:
11 But the land that you are crossing over to occupy is a land of hills and valleys, watered by rain from the sky,
12 a land that the LORD your God looks after. (NRSV)

Water in life
Major component of living matter

Protoplasm, the basic material of living cells, consists of a solution in water of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, salts and similar chemicals. Water is essential for life. Pattern emerging.


Let us give thanks today for the blessings bestowed on us by God through water:

Amen

NOTE:  Some of the above information taken from  Encarta Microsoft Corp. Version 1995.


To Tom Harries' other Creation Season Sermon Outlines:
Animals
Week 1
 
Plants
Week 2
 
Water
Week 3
 this page
Light
Week 4
 

This sermon was part of a four-week Creation Season service first presented in October 2001 at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN.  For additional information on the service, contact Rev Thomas Harries.

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