We are in the midst of a year-long sermon series that follows the Story of God from Old Testament beginnings, promises, and prophecies through New Testament fulfillment.  Join us on this journey from creation to restoration, from Genesis to Revelation. Like following a long winding river, we will be taking an overview of the biblical story and live into a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith.

May God’s story shape our story. May we come alive again.

Song of Solomon 1:1-6, 9-11,15-17; 8:6-7

Leader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from The Song of Solomon:

 

(The Woman)

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

Yes! For your love is better than wine,

headier than your aromatic oils.

The syllables of your name murmur like a meadow brook.

No wonder everyone loves to say your name!

Take me away with you! Let’s run off together!

An elopement with my King-Lover!

We’ll celebrate, we’ll sing,

we’ll make great music.

Yes! For your love is better than vintage wine.

Everyone loves you—of course! And why not?

I am weathered but still elegant,

oh, dear sisters in Jerusalem,

Weather-darkened like Kedar desert tents,

time-softened like Solomon’s Temple hangings.

Don’t look down on me because I’m dark,

darkened by the sun’s harsh rays.

My brothers ridiculed me and sent me to work in the fields.

They made me care for the face of the earth,

but I had no time to care for my own face.

 

(The Man)

You remind me, my love, of Pharaoh’s

well-groomed and satiny mares.

Pendant earrings line the elegance of your cheeks;

strands of jewels illumine the curve of your throat.

I’m making jewelry for you, gold and silver jewelry

that will mark and accent your beauty.

Oh, my dear friend! You’re so beautiful!

And your eyes so beautiful—like doves!

 

(The Woman)

And you, my dear lover—you’re so handsome!

And the bed we share is like a forest glen.

We enjoy a canopy of cedars

enclosed by cypresses, fragrant and green.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,

as a seal upon your arm;

for love is strong as death,

passion fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

a raging flame.

Many waters cannot quench love,

neither can floods drown it.

If one offered for love

all the wealth of one’s house,

it would be utterly scorned.

 

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God.