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
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
- A large mural of land around the church
- What is in the dirt around, the soil, rocks, trees,
- 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,
- 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
- 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
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
Advisory: some materials
will be available closer to the date
The materials for this Sunday were
prepared by the Rev Tom Harries.
Rev Tom Harries
was Co-Chair of MEESC, Priest-in-Charge of Episcopal
Church of the Holy Communion in St. Peter, MN, and,
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
Thomas, or any MEESC
member, or mail them to:
c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA
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