Preaching on Creation
Engaging the Catechism of Creation
Often a preacher might emphasize creation on an “Earth Sunday,” usually the Sunday nearest to Earth Day (April 22), or on the Sunday before the Rogation Days. Sometimes the sermon for St. Francis’ Day (October 4) stresses creation themes. Preachers will also know that Trinity Sunday is an appropriate time to look at the activity of all three persons in creation. When liturgists note note where scripture passages mentioning divine action in creation occur in the lectionary, though, we see that preachers could stress creation themes year round.
Below the scripture passages mentioned in the Catechism of Creation are listed again. Following them are notes on when those passages, or portions of them, come up in the Episcopal Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary. Note that the seasonal festivals of lessons and music and a number of red letter days are not repeated in the RCL listings.
Scripture Passages mentioned in the Catechism of Creation
Old Testament and Apocrypha: Cosmology and Theology (Psalms 8:1-4; 89:11-12; 102:25-27; 104; 139:1-18; 148; Genesis 1:1-2:4; 2:4-2:24; Sirach 42:15-43:33; Job 12:7-10, 26:7-14, chapters 38-41; Jeremiah 10:11-13; 51;15-16). God: Creator and Redeemer (Isaiah chapters 40-43; Isaiah 45:12, 15-18, 21-23; Psalms 33; 74:12-23; 77; 136). Wisdom (Proverbs 8; Sirach 24:1-7; Wisdom 7:7-8:1).
New Testament: Christ the Creator (I Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:9-23; Hebrews 1:1-13 [cf. Psalms 102:25-27; 110:1]; John 1:1-14). Christ and the New Creation (Romans 8:18-25; 2 Peter 1:1-8; Revelation 4:11; 21-22:5).