Year B, Pentecost Sunday, Lectionary reading for May 23, 2021: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
I try not to let my faith get too self-centred, but geez, am I glad God created Earth! Humans have been gazing up at the stars forever, and even with all the astronomical advances that came after Galileo pointed his telescope skyward in 1609, we haven’t found a single planet that even comes close to Earth’s life-friendly characteristics.
Psalm 104 is a song of praise to God’s creation, so let’s celebrate along with the psalmist! Today’s book is a tongue-in-cheek autobiography of our planet full of details that will captivate not just the children of your ministry, but the whole congregation.
Stacey McAnulty and David Litchfield first introduce us to Earth’s family, and then take us back to Earth’s time as an explosive, gassy, and very cranky baby. It takes awhile to get to us humans, but don’t worry, Earth likes us, even if we forget to play nice and clean up after ourselves sometimes. After all, we are the first species that has ever been interested in learning about Earth!
Questions to ask before you read:
- How do you think Earth came to be?
- What do you think Earth was like when Earth was a baby?
- Would you like to live on a different planet?
Questions to ask after you read:
- Did God create Earth just for people?
- What do you think is the best thing about Earth?
- What can we do to protect Earth?
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McAnulty, Stacy. Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years. Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
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