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Minnesota Episcopal
Environmental
Stewardship
Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.


Resolutions:

Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds


Resolution on Creation Season

Resolution on Green Congregations

 

 

Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Proper 8
Revised Common Lectionary
Psalm (Gospel Theme Track)

Psalm 89: 1-4, 8-15

1 Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
8 Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
10 You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12 You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13 You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.

 

Reflection on Psalm 89: 1-4, 8-15
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.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Proper 8:

Reflections available at the active links

Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 28: 5-9
Psalm
Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18
(this page)
New Testament Reading
Romans 6: 12-23
Gospel
Matthew 10: 40-42

 

The Rev Tom Harries was the Rector of St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN, when 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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