Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas, All Years Jeremiah 31:7-14 or Sirach 24:1-2 Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom 10:15-21 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:[1-9] 10-18 With the texts for the Second Sunday of Christmas,Read More →

Holding All Things Together – Tom Mundahl reflects on being a new wearer of clothes. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for First Sunday of Christmas, Year C (2021, 2024) 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 Many of us received new clothes as Christmas gifts.  Some years ago,Read More →

Wisdom’s Playfield – Dennis Ormseth reflects on partnering with Wisdom in the play of discovery and the exercise of responsibility. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for First Sunday of Christmas, Year C (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) 1 Samuel 2:18-20 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 The psalm for theRead More →

First Sunday of Christmas 2016 The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY Author, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2016) Text:  Matthew 2:13-23 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because theyRead More →

“Holy Interruption” — Christmas 2016 The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY Author, Creation-CrisisPreaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2016) Text: Luke 2:2-20 In a congregation I served several years ago, I sent out an informal email poll asking people the following question:Read More →

God’s Plan –  Nick Utphall reflects on the order(s) of the universe and a baby. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Second Sunday of Christmas, Years A,  B, and C  Jerimiah 31:7-14 or Sirach 24:1-12 Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom 10:15-21 Ephesians 1:3-14John 1:[1-9] 10-18 “What has come into being in him was life…butRead More →

Coming Home – Tom Mundahl reflects on a return from exile. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas, Years A, B, and C  Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 147 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:[1-9] 10-18 “Coming home” is at the heart of the Christmas season. To gather with family, friends,Read More →

Displaced and Found by God –  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Christmas Eve (Nativity of Our Lord), Years A, B, and C Isaiah 9:2-7Psalm 96Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] At worship planning in early November, some members of myRead More →

The “great gathering” of Earth community encompasses the material world of God’s good creation. – Tom Mundahl reflects on our use of the gifts of God’s creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2014) Readings for the Second Sunday after Christmas, Year A (2013/4, 2016/7, 2019/20, 2022/23)Read More →

And on Earth – Peace: A Christmas Eve Eco-Reflection by Leah D. Schade Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve, Years A, B, and C Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 In the scripture readings on this holy night, the word peace isRead More →