Heaven-Sent Bread –  Amy Carr reflects on how the bread of life moves us more fully into an appreciation of this beloved created world. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 31 – August 6, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 The Hebrews who sojourned through the wilderness had an eye for God’s manifestation through the wonders and otherness and surprises of the natural world. To be sure, the divine personality was not contained in the natural elements per se—in the manna, the quails, the cloud. But after Aaron told them thatRead More →

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or want to add suggestions contact us! My brother is a rabid anti-junk mail freak. He sent me the info below, much of which I have already done and it works. This is a good overview article and includes some alarming statistics about the amount of junk mail we produce in the US: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-to-stop-junk-mail-and-save-trees–and-your-sanity/2018/02/12/6000e4c4-05d9-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html Direct Marketers Association do not mail list.  Must be renewed every 10 years.  Allows separate opt out for Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers (this includes subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotionalRead More →

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or want to add suggestions contact us! We have found a source for biodegradable/compostable communion cups (link below). We have not purchased any yet given we have a fairly large supply of existing plastic ones and we plan to use those up versus throwing them out. But next time we make a purchase we intend to check these out. https://www.churchpartner.com/product/41052/thee-friendliest-communion-cup-box-of-2000/  Read More →

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or want to add suggestions contact us! With some grant funding from the Synod’s Creation Care Ministry we are purchasing reusable mesh produce bags and are planning to give one to any congregational family that wants one.  We are going to include a fact sheet in each bag with information about single use plastic. For instance, did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. See other facts here: https://bit.ly/3btedjj We intend to either giveRead More →

The Bread of Christ Is Life, and All of Life Is Communion. – Tom Mundahl reflects on the divine energy filling all things. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 31 – August 6, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 It is fitting that this week’s First Lesson, the story of the gift of manna, is the common source for the variety of feeding narratives found in each of the gospels. The Book of Exodus has often been considered a work of history detailing the liberation-redemption of God’s people. But aRead More →

Bread That Gives Life to the World – Tom Mundahl reflects on the reverential economy of God’s grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 24 – July 30, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-18 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 What images of hospitality do you carry with you? I think immediately of welcoming a new neighbor with a freshly-baked loaf of bread. Perhaps that vision comes from Russian literature filled with descriptions of peasants providing welcome to visitors with bread and salt. Not surprisingly, both of these pictures of neighborliness feature bread. Whether it isRead More →

Root from Dry Ground – Kiara Jorgenson reflects on the themes of water in the Holy Week texts. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Years A, B, and C  Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10], 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 Maundy Thursday In, with, and under—those are the prepositions we Lutherans use to describe the sacramental. God’s presence is in, with, and under the elements—the Lamb of Exodus 12, the wine and bread of 1 Corinthians 11, and the water of John 13. TheRead More →

Wisdom from Gardening – Tom Mundahl reflects on the seed that dies to bear fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 Wisdom and witness from the garden. The time for studying seed catalogues in the Midwest is nearly over. Now is decision time. What will we grow in our limited space? Even more difficult is choosing seeds. Which varieties of carrots or squash should we try this year? Do we experiment with new, hybrid varieties, or purchase heirloom seeds? Which will work bestRead More →

Jesus is the Faithful Servant of God’s Creation. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2014) Readings for Sunday of the Passion, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Matthew 21:1-11Psalm 31:9-16Isaiah 50:4-9aPhillipians 2:5-11Matthew 26:14-27:66 The processional Gospel presents Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Warren Carter notes that Matthew’s narrative of the event includes several “features common to traditions of Jewish and Greco-Roman entrance processions:” the appearance of the ruler, a procession into the city, welcoming and celebrating crowds, and a hymnic acclamation. Certain details in Matthew’sRead More →