Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Environmental Stewardship Commission
Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 8, Psalm

Psalm 89: 1-18:

The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
 and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
 who is like the LORD among the gods?
God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
 great and terrible to all those round about him.
Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
 O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
You rule the raging of the sea *
 and still the surging of its waves.
You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
 you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
 you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.

You have made the north and the south; *
 Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
(VS 5-12)

Reflection on Psalm 89: 1-18:
by the Rev Tom Harries

How could one include honor or concern for the natural environment in a sermon for today? Once you bring up the question, you can probably spot the opportunities as well as I.

Heavens bearing witness to God. Godís power shown in the fact that God rules and controls creation. The unsaid implication being that mere humans donít. We are making major modifications to natural systems that are essentially beyond our understanding.

The Rev Tom Harries is the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN.  He originally wrote this reflection in 1999.  Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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