This morning we welcome the Rev. Dr. Nathan Stucky to the Fifth Avenue pulpit for the first time. Dr. Stucky is a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the director of the Farminary, a 21-acre farm that integrates theological education with small-scale, sustainable agriculture. Dr. Stucky has a special interest in the role of community formation and Sabbath in the education of pastors, church leaders, youth ministers, parents and young people. He is the author of the 2019 book Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath.
The audio recording of this sermon begins with an introduction of Dr. Stucky by Associate Pastor Werner Ramirez.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:26-31