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Creation Season 2: Plants
Sermon originally presented October 14, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Thomas D. Harries

How the world blesses us

Psalm 104: Trees
Trees are my favorite Trees bless us in many ways
Beauty, No real reason for that Shade
Construction material,
Paper (maybe not a blessing?) Jesus used the behavior of plants as teaching analogies
Matthew 13: Psalm 1 portrays God’s faithful servants this way:
Happy are those
Whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
...
3  They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

And in Leviticus, Part of Celebrating God’s blessings:
39 Now, the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the LORD, lasting seven days; a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day.
40 On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic † trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Those of you who read Guns, Germs, and Steel learned about the various obstacles and time frames for the domestication of plants and the beginning of agriculture.

Food Oxygen Power and persistence of life Variety: Cactus to seaweed.
Beauty: Flowers, leaves Praise God for the many gifts plants give to us.
May we be wise caretakers of this bounty

Amen


To Tom Harries' other Creation Season Sermon Outlines:
Animals
Week 1
 
Plants
Week 2
 this page
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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