Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Upcoming Activities:

Next Meeting:

We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.


Special Projects for 2006:

Mary Brown Environmental Center in Ely, MN

Creation Season Materials

Great North Fishing Fundraiser


Resolutions:

Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds



Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 18 Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

Reflection on Isaiah 35:4-7a

by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

This writer, after telling the people to have heart, God will come to save them, likens the joy and celebration to the joy of clean good water. "For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water." What a blessing we have when water is clean and abundant! What a shame to waste or pollute water! Water cycles through the bodies of all living things, and no life is possible without it. As stewards of God's creation, concern for clean water must be a priority.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 19:

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Isaiah 35:4-7a
this reflection
Psalm 146 or Psalm 146: 4-9
New Testament James 1:17-27
no reflection available
Gospel Mark 7:31-37
no reflection available

Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:

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