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Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota Creation Season 1: Animals Sermon originally presented October 7, 2001 Copyright 2001 by Thomas D. Harries

The Creation Story 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky. 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth. 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind. And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, Let us make humankind ..." And it all went downhill from there.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled season of Pentecost for a four-week celebration of Creation.

I am just the right age to have grown up watching Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom. I still have one of my favorite childhood books, Marvels and Mysteries of our Animal Kingdom, which is a coffee table book filled with beautiful pictures. Between the two, I was exposed to awe inspiring creatures from all over the world. Many of the largest animals are in danger of extinction, primarily because people appropriate huge chunks of their habitat. Gods creatures are so much more marvelous than anything human beings can make. Their variety is almost beyond imagination. But they bless us in many other ways as well.

They bless us as pets with a love that is independent of our beauty or our worldly success.

Domestic animals blessed us with a leg up in our evolution. Therapy animals

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Its time that we give up the notion of dominating. Perhaps in those early days, in the Garden of Eden it made sense, but no longer. Amen
To Tom Harries' other Creation Season Sermon Outlines:
Animals Week 1
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Plants Week 2
Water Week 3
Light Week 4

This sermon was part of a four-week Creation Season service first presented in October 2001 at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN. For additional information on the service, contact the Rev Thomas Harries.

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