We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Epiphany of Our Lord. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Epiphany of Our Lord, Years A, B, and C Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 EphesiansRead More →

Overall Eco-Reflections on the Season of Epiphany in Year C for preaching and devotions. By David Rhoads Epiphany is the season of the church year following the season of Christmas. The season of Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus is of course the foundational epiphany in the church year asRead More →

by Dennis Ormseth The biblical Year of Jubilee authorizes us to establish laws and practices that bring justice and renewal for humans, other creatures, and the land. Nehemiah 8;1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 The Gospel reading for this Sunday confirms what we have come toRead More →

By Tom Mundahl Exodus 34: 29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3: 12 – 4:2 Luke 9: 28-36 [37-43] As we complete the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany complex, once more we dress the altar, lectern, and ministers in bright white to celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord, a festival that crystallizes the meaning ofRead More →

By Dennis Ormseth Embodiment is God’s means for the liberation of creation.        Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a] The Feast of the Transfiguration is the climax of the Season of Epiphany. The Season has provided firm and ample grounds for advancing our concern for care ofRead More →

by Dennis Ormseth Must we appeal to “self-interest” in order to love creation as our neighbor?  Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany completes the narrative of Jesus’ appearance in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth, readRead More →

By Tom Mundahl Jeremiah 1: 4-10 Psalm 71: 1-6 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 Luke 4: 21-30 In a talk entitled “Health is Membership,” occasioned by seeing his brother go through open-heart surgery, Wendell Berry said, “Like divine love, earthly love seeks plenitude; it longs for the full membership to beRead More →

By Tom Mundahl Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Luke 4:14-21 As we continue our Epiphany journey celebrating the manifestation of God in the deep incarnation of Jesus, we marvel at the interconnections between creation and the story of God’s people. That relationship is proclaimed in theRead More →

Wisdom is the careful husbanding of resources for the protection, enhancement, and nurture of all creatures. By Dennis Ormseth Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11   The story of the wedding at Cana, the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, is a major puzzle for many of its interpreters. John McClure, forRead More →