On Star Trek and Saving the Planet: Messianic Miracles in a New Key – Amy Carr reflects on living toward a vision of right relations amid varying degrees of conflict. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 24-30, Year B (2021, 2024) 2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-18 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 If you’ve ever seen any Star Trek series, have you ever noticed how the starships create a social world made up almost entirely of well-educated professionals? Everyone seems well-equipped to solve together the technological challenges that come their way, in space or in the worlds they visit. And whileRead More →

Come and See – Tom Mundahl reflects on God’s gift of water. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundhal in 2017) Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Exodus 17:1-7Psalm 95Romans 5:1-11John 4:5-42 On the day of my ordination at First Lutheran Church, Little Falls, MN, in late September of 1979, I did not expect much more than ritual approval of my new job in parish ministry. I was wrong. As promises were made before the congregation that had nurtured me, my high school teachers, and friends, I was overwhelmed. When, at the close ofRead More →

Gentle justice for people and creation:  Tom Mundahl reflects on Jesus’ baptism and the first Servant Song of Isaiah. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2014) Readings for the Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13), First Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34 -43 Matthew 3:13-17 As we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we are reminded of the power of baptismal liturgy. As those called by the Spirit and trusting the grace of God gather around the font, the presiding minister invites the candidates and sponsors toRead More →

There is one Wisdom, one Beauty, one Mind that flows through the universe. – Leah Schade reflects on the Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation. Season of Creation Commentary on Wisdom in Creation Readings for Fourth Sunday (Universe), Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Proverbs 8:22-31 Psalm 148 Colossians 1:15-20 John 6:41-51 The passages for this Sunday can provide a platform where science and mysticism can come together. Erich Jantsch, in his book The Self-Organizing Universe (Pergamon; 1st edition, 1980), said that God is the mind of the universe—the self-organizing principal of cohesion and organization that evolves as the universe evolves. It is the mind inRead More →