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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 13, 2017: Genesis 2:4 and Psalm 148; Theme: Cosmos

Genesis 2:4a NRSV
4a These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Psalm 148 NRSV
148:1 Praise the LORD! 
Praise the LORD from the heavens; 
praise him in the heights!
2 Praise him, all his angels; 
praise him, all his host!
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
 praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens, 
and you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, 
for he commanded and they were created.
6 He established them forever and ever; 
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, 
you sea monsters and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and frost, 
stormy wind fulfilling his command!
9 Mountains and all hills, 
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Wild animals and all cattle, 
creeping things and flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, 
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and women alike, 
old and young together!
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, 
for his name alone is exalted; 
his glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people, 
praise for all his faithful, 
for the people of Israel who are close to him. 
Praise the LORD!