Genesis 1:1, 20-28 (NRSV)

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

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.

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

27 So God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”


We will read Psalm 113 responsively

R:     Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
praise the name of the Lord.

C:     Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.

R:     From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

C:     The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.

R:     Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,

C:     who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?

R:     He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

C:     to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.

R:     He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord