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Creation Season 2009 October 4 October 25, 2009 (Proper 22 through Proper 25, Year B)

Proper 22, Year B (October 4, 2009)

Humans interacting with 'this fragile Earth, our island home'

Homilist's Notes

Welcome! We're glad you're planning on observing a liturgical season of creation. We have prepared some materials for you to use in worship, teaching, and personal reflection.

The Reflections and Notes on the readings for this Sunday are available for you to use. You may

  • copy and paste what you wish from this page directly to your preparation materials or
  • download the materials as part of a reference materials for the individuals involved in preparing religious education, homilies, or special liturgical materials for your Service.

RCL Readings for this Sunday:

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Job 1:1; 2: 1-10 Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm Psalm 26 Psalm 8
New Testament Lesson
Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12
Mark 10: 2-16
Creation Theme for this Sunday Humans interact with the world on a primal basis being provided for out of the raw elements Creation contains. We see the world in all its glory

Suggested Additional or Substitute Scripture Readings


The Earth is at the Same Time Mother Hildegard von Bingen

The earth is at the same time mother, she is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human, She is mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all.

The earth of humankind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power.

It is in so many ways fruitful. All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw materials for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God's son.

Genesis 1:1-31
Psalm 8
Reading from Earth Prayers, page 46
Luke 8:4-15

Sermon Notes

Sermon Themes

  1. All that we need is provided by God, in an interdependent web of living species in creation. Seeds grow to be plants, which provide food for animals including insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in fact all animal life including humans. This is so obvious to us we hardly think about it, but the parable in Luke's Gospel uses the example of seeds needing good conditions to bear fruit just as the word of God does. Care of creation and concern for sustainability in our agricultural practices and land use decisions helps see that nothing is wasted.
  2. We are part of creation, not above it. However, we have the responsibility that comes with having wisdom, to act responsibly in the use of God's gifts.

Canticle of the North Shore (Song of Praise). This may be used for every Sunday of this celebration of Creation.

Additional prayers:

  1. Prayers of the People: New Zealand Prayer Book, page 463
  2. Eucharistic Prayer C, Book of Common Prayer, page 369
  3. Ministry of the Sacrament (Creation and Redemption) New Zealand Prayer Book, page 466.
If you will be following the Semi-Continuous Track readings [focusing on the Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) readings], please read first this reflection on Job.

PDF Version of these notes: click here

To other Materials for Sundays in this series
Proper 22
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
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Note: The Reflections and Notes for this Sunday were prepared by the Rev Dcn Helen B Hanten and Jill Peterman.

  • The Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten was a Deacon Emeritus at St. Andrew's By-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN; and
  • Jill Peterman was Co-Chair of MEESC and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN;

when they originally prepared these materials in 2009. Helen, Jill, and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Helen B. Hanten, Jill Peterman, or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

MEESC c/o C. Morello 4451 Lakeside Drive Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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