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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 23, 2017; Genesis 1:20-25 and Psalm 104:1, 10-23; Theme: Animals

Genesis 1:20-25

1:20 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.
 

Psalm 104:1, 10-23

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
  O Lord my God, you are very great.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
   they flow between the hills,
11 giving drink to every wild animal;
   the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
   they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
   the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
  and plants for people to use,
  to bring forth food from the earth,
15 and wine to gladden the human heart,
  oil to make the face shine,
  and bread to strengthen the human heart.
16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
  the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
  the stork has its home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
  the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
19 You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
  the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
  when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
  seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they withdraw
  and lie down in their dens.
23 People go out to their work
  and to their labor until the evening.