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Creation Season Materials


Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

Resolution on Green Congregations

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

Proper 24, Year B (October 18, 2009)

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

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 information below is available for you to use in Religious Education.

Some Christian Education Ideas

  • Play with musical harmony and dissonance. Which is more pleasing to us? To God?
  • Contrast the monoculture of a lawn with the variety of plants and creatures in any bit of wild land: a swamp, woods, abandoned property. Do this by physically visiting and observing if possible, otherwise by picture, perhaps augmented by recorded sounds. Which is more pleasing to us? To God?
  • For older kids, get hold of the game Krill and have them play it.
  • Learn about the terraced farming system in Bali.

Activities relating to the Semi-Continuous Track readings in Job

Job is a complex book. A month-long study group could do well to tackle this.

Older youth could read it and create a drama. It is so divided into parts anyway. Youth could invent their own dialog summarizing the ideas. Then invite the entire parish for a locally grown meal or a Hunger Awareness meal.

Our culture denies real feelings of grief and pain. This book brings them to light. Perhaps younger children would recognize times when they were so sad and felt far from God. Perhaps friends and family ignored them or tried to talk them out of their real feelings. How does it feel to hurt and feel so bad that sackcloth and ashes are all one feels? Time for some discussion and pictures might help if a grief situation is present.

Building on the idea of land, what and whose it is, could include:

  • A large mural of land around the church
  • What is in the dirt around, the soil, rocks, trees, animals
  • Where is it in the community, the county, or the city/town
  • Who lives near; who used to live there? What indigenous folks used to live there? Do you know any? Are you one?
  • What use was made of the land? Lumber, farms, mines, grazing?
  • A timeline of information could be built.
  • Collections from field trips of the building, the block, the local park or the children's homes
  • A visit from a local geologist
  • A visit from a farmer or person who mines or cuts timbers or works on the land, especially in sustainable agriculture
  • Collect apples, pumpkins, corn, grain, or other fruit and make something for coffee hour our shut-ins
  • Schedule a locally grown meal as a culmination of harvest with Hallowe'en
  • Write Prayers of the People that reflect local land produce and issues
  • What places might be sacred -- to folks of the past and the present and to you?
  • Which places occur in Native American creation and other stories

Some other ideaas to consider:

  • Talk about how we talk to God. Would we get mad as Job did? What do we think God does for us? How does that change, or could it?
  • Could we write a psalm or canticle of thanks for the land where we live?
To Religious Education Ideas for other Sundays in this series
Proper 24
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
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Advisory: some materials will be available closer to the date

The materials for this Sunday were prepared by the Rev Tom Harries.

The Rev Tom Harries was Co-Chair of MEESC, Priest-in-Charge of Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Peter, MN, and, the Rev Margaret W. Thomas, was a retired priest who resided in Duluth, MN, when they originally prepared these materials in 2009. Tom, Margaret, and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries, Margaret Thomas, 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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