Talks: Creation Calls

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This talk uses Creation Calls, a 6-minute-long clip of the wonders of God’s creation as filmed by the BBC and punctuated with a beautiful song by Brian Doerksen. The images show the beauty of God’s creation on every continent.  In the background, worship leader Doerksen asks, “How could I say there is no God when all around Creation Calls?”. This is a powerful video that will spark good conversation about God’s existence and His nature with intermediate aged young people.

PLAY THE CLIP

DISCUSSION

Ask: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen (or that you saw in the clip)?

Now I’m going to ask two quite difficult questions – I’m going to ask one of the girls and one of the boys, and I want to see who’s smarter; which group will give me the best answers.

  1. The singer asks, “How could I say there is no God when all around me Creation calls?” What does he mean by that question?  (Get either girls or boys to offer answers to this question.)
  2. Reflecting on the song, what does the Creation we see tell us about the Creator we don’t see?  (Get the other gender to offer answers to this question.)

Chat about the answers, being generally affirming about whatever the young people say, and adding comment to strengthen the teachings that i) God is saying “Hello, I’m here” in creation and that ii) Creation tells us that God the Creator is big, glorious, amazing, loves beauty etc…

(Note: Don’t make a big deal of ‘who’s smarter’. Unless it’s obvious – declare a draw!)

BIBLE

Invite a young person to read Psalm 19:1-4a: ” The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

That passage is kinda saying ‘There are no excuses for missing that there is a Creator, or for saying “I had no idea God exists,” because we only have to look at creation.”

Is that a fair call? (most likely you’ll get people nodding)

Yet people do miss it. Some people never go “Wow!” at a sunset or smell a scented flower.

ACTION

So how can you recognise God and proclaim God’s glory in creation? Give me some ideas – and we’ll see whether the boys or the girls have the best ideas!

Warm them up (or add to their suggestions) with:

  • Smell a flower
  • Point out a beautiful sunset
  • Enjoy the warm sun
  • Play in the snow
  • Go bush walking
  • Climb a mountain!
  • Choose not to litter or pick up some litter
  • Recall the last time you appreciated nature

When we appreciate creation like this, we’re saying, “Nice job, God. Well Done. And thanks!!!!”

Close in prayer asking God to help us appreciate nature, recognise him and His Glory in Creation, appreciate it and look after it.

Adapted from a discussion starter by David R Smith on TheSource4Youth Ministry