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June 7, 2020
Year A, Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.
What does it mean to “practice what you preach?” How do you do that in your life? In what ways might you not “practice what you preach?”
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
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.” 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. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
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. 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.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work That he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
1. Summarize what was created on each day. Which was created first, the sun and moon or light?
2. This is one of two creation stories in Genesis. Is it possible to believe in this story and that dinosaurs existed? If so, explain to someone who does not think so.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.’” –
Who is “our?”
What does it mean to be created in likeness to God? Is this all humankind or just some?
4. Everything God created was ________.
5. Were males or females created first here?
6. Humankind is over creation. The verbs “subdue” and “have dominion” can have negative connotations.
a. Does this mean we can do anything we want with creation?
b. Are any humans over any other humans?
7. Rest on the 7
day. This was an agricultural society.
a. Why does rest in the 7
day or 7
year benefit an agricultural society?
b. How does it (or can it) benefit our society?
8. What is one word that stands out to you from this passage? Why do you think that is?
9. We speak of “original sin.” How might this passage lead us to see ourselves as an “original blessing?”
10. Do you see the Holy Spirit at work in this passage?
Everything God created was good! Yet, we see pain and sorrow in the world. How do you explain this to people when they ask? (there is no one right answer here).
Did you hear the graduates speak this Sunday? If anyone did not, give them an update or pull the homilies up on your phone. What did you think?
How might you use this passage to speak to racial inequality (or any inequality we see in the world)?
Name the major crises going on in the world. Where do you see God at work in each of them?
We are all created in the image of God. How do you see yourself as created in the image of God?
Go back to the “Look.” Do actions define who we are? Do they define what we believe?
How have you changed in the past 20 years? How has God impacted that change?
Where do you see the greatest hope in today’s world?
Conclude with someone reading this farewell message and blessing from our readings this week:
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.