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Creation Season 2012
October 7– October 28, 2012
(Proper 22 through Proper 25, Year B)

Proper 24, Year B
(October 21, 2012)

Humans Interacting/Reconciling 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 (readings used in the Liturgy highlighted in Green):

Creation Theme for this Sunday:

Humans are disconnected from the lifestyle of the earth and wander in the desert (proverbial or literal).
We feel isolated and the world's bounty seems far from us.

Following the model of our forgiveness, we forgive others for their misguided ways, and acknowledge it is our common lives we must heal. We must have patience with ourselves and others (while not being slow or forestalling) to grow into the realization that much must change.

Readings

Semi-Continuous Track

Gospel Theme Track

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Job 38: 1-7, (34-41) Isaiah 53: 4-12
Psalm Psalm 104: 1-9, 25, 37c Psalm 91: 9-16
New Testament Reading
Hebrews 5: 1-10
Alternative Reading

A reading by Hildegard of 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 the 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 material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God's son.
(Source: Earth Prayers from Around the World. Roberts and Amidon, 1991. Page 46).

Gospel
Mark 10: 35-45

Sermon Notes

The following sermon notes are comments on the readings that fit the creation theme of the day: Humans are disconnected from the lifestyle of the earth and wander in the desert (proverbial or literal). We feel isolated and the world's bounty seems far from us. Following the model of our forgiveness, we forgive others for their misguided ways, and acknowledge it is our common lives we must heal. We must have patience with ourselves and others (while not being slow or forestalling) to grow into the realization that much must change.

Job:
Out of a whirlwind, God speaks, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world?" This comes in response to Job's question about the misfortunes that have befallen him. God is leading Job into the mystery of creation. Suffering is only one part. The story continues to the end of this chapter. God has made wonderful things we cannot imagine or explain.

Psalm 91:9-16
The images used here are familiar, found in the popular hymn On Eagles' Wings. The psalm could be read in it entirety if used as the basis for a homily, or if the hymn is part of the service.

Mark 10:35-45:
When James and John ask to be appointed to places of importance in Jesus coming reign of glory, Jesus teaches them that those who lead must be servants of the group, just as he came not to be served, but to serve.

 

 

PDF Version of these notes: click here (to be available in late August)

To other Materials for Sundays in this series
Proper 24
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28
This Page

Note: The materials 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 2012. 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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