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

Proper 25, Year B
(October 28, 2012)

Humans Interacting/Reconciling with
'this fragile Earth, our island home'

Education Ideas

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 Education Materials 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:

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Job 42: 1-6, 10-17
Psalm
Psalm 34: 1-8 (19-22)
New Testament Reading
Hebrews 7: 23-28
Gospel
Mark 10: 46-52
Creation Theme for this Sunday: Salvation comes when as humans we live most fully when we live sustainably in concert with the earth and are satisfied with its riches.We hear the pain we have caused the world, and seek to reconcile our mutual life rhythms.

Together we seek to bring harmony and new ways of living in sustainable interdependence with Creation



 

Education Ideas

Adult, Youth

Discussion Questions

Describe a time you experienced or were particularly aware of one of the following:

  • The harmony of the natural world
  • The interconnectedness of all things
  • Harmonious human relationships
  • A deep sense of inner harmony

What do you think is God's desire for the world, or vision of what it should be like?

  • Flesh out your description (No one liners allowed)
  • Do you share God's desire?
  • If not, what's your desire for the world?

If you do, what first step can you take this week, toward reshaping the world as God desires it to be?

  • Will you commit to take that step?
  • Can you see down the path to other steps? What are they?

Artistic Expression

Choose your favorite form of artistic expression: Graphic arts, theater, music, sculpture, etc.

Get someone to work with you if you like.

Create or perform something that expresses life in harmony.

Harmonious Work

Choose a task, perhaps some manual work that needs doing around the church or in a nearby park.

Once organized, do the work together, but as much as possible mindfully and in silence. Be intentional about working in harmony.

Afterwards, reflect on the experience and particularly what it took to work harmoniously, and what got in the way.

Children

Explain Harmony, Living in Harmony

  • Have some concrete examples, such as
  • Barbershop music
  • Landscape photos or paintings
  • Food web diagram
  • Lion lying down with lamb
  • Cute pictures/videos of dogs with cats

Ask where they see harmony, if they do.

Harmonious Food
  • Get a regular grocery store tomato and an heirloom tomato, or a red delicious apple and a honeycrisp other local variety. If it's still berry season ….
    • If you have the connections, even better to ask a local grower to stop in, or sell you some of whatever is in season.
  • Have a taste test
  • Talk about the differences in taste and why the grocery store versions were bred that way.
  • Talk about Community Supported Agriculture, Buying local, etc.
  • Start a pot of mint, chives, or something else that's fun to taste. Sprouts would be another possibility.

Artistic Expression
Choose a form of artistic expression: Graphic arts, theater, music, sculpture, etc.

  • Prepare materials, guidance, appropriate to age level(s)
  • Ask children to create or perform something that expresses life in harmony.

Harmonious Play
Plan an activity that involves rhythm and harmony

  • With the recent olympics in mind, perhaps mime rowing, or the luge starts, or passing the baton for relays.
  • Jumping rope
  • A dance routine, like a chorus line

Afterwards, reflect on the experience and particularly what it took to work harmoniously, and what got in the way.

Harmonious Work

Choose a task, perhaps some manual work that needs doing around the church or in a nearby park.

  • Washing up after coffee would do.

Once organized, do the work together, but as much as possible mindfully and in silence. Be intentional about working in harmony.

Afterwards, reflect on the experience and particularly what it took to work harmoniously, and what got in the way.

PDF Version of these notes: click here.

To other Materials for Sundays in this series
Proper 25
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28
 
This Page

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

 

  • The Rev Tom Harries was Co-Chair of MEESC, Priest-in-Charge, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, St. Peter, MN, and Total Ministry Mentor in Central Minnesota, and
  • The Rev Buff Grace was Rector of Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater, MN,

when they originally prepared these materials in 2012. Tom, Buff, and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries, Buff Grace, or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.

   

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