Theology Class: Genesis, “Who are We?”

Sunday, May 1, 2016
The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter is often called Rogation Sunday, as it precedes the three rogation days that always fall on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. You'll notice hints of prepartion for the rogation days in the morning services today, when at times there is an emphasis on God our creator and provider. For example, pay attention to the words of the psalm and the hymns. See also the words of the collect, which, through petition and gratitude, approaches God as the provider of all things.

Among the sermons in the archive that can help you understand God as creator and provider, consider these:

The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth (2011) by Fr Spurlock
On Providence (2010) by Fr Austin
Bread and Life, Freedom and Friendship (2009) by Fr Austin
All Ours as Gift (2008) by Fr Austin
Food in the Wilderness (2003) by Fr Mead

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am - 10:45 am


In these final Sunday theology classes, Father Austin returns to the beginning of the Bible. He will be looking particularly at questions of rule and animals, and our relations one to another. For instance, it seems that ‚Äúrule‚Äù over one another is not part of God’s initial design, and yet rule (and with it, political life) seems inevitable. Rule over the animals, also, comes to be as a consequence of the fall. God responds to this by training a people, starting with Abraham, to follow a New Way. One characteristic of the New Way is that generosity will be easy and natural; this is to be institutionalized in the Jubilee Year.

There is no more important theological question than what it means to be human. When he came to Saint Thomas in 2005, Father Austin identified “theological anthropology” as the focus of the classes he would organize here. He wishes now to end with a return to this important chapter of biblical anthropology: who we humans are.

Please access the theology calendar for exact dates and times for all theology classes at Saint Thomas.