Planting Trees as Symbol and Expression of the Restoration of Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on God’s presence in creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027) 1 Samuel 3:1-10 {11-20} Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 “ForRead More →

If You Would Experience God, You Must Fall in Love with Earth – Dennis Ormseth reflects on baptism as a cosmic event. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Baptism of Our Lord, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 The incarnation means thatRead More →

Bearing God into the World – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Christ’s birth opening space and time for the renewal of Earth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26Read More →

Rejoice? – Tom Mundahl reflects on joy in the midst of grief. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B (2020, 2023, 2026) Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 The Third Sunday in Advent has traditionally been called “Gaudete Sunday,”Read More →

Living the Anticipation, with Joy and New Light – Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to be whole. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 6:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Traditionally, the Third SundayRead More →

A Prayer in the Anthropocene – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on food scarcity and food sovereignty. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday July 31 – August 6, Year A (2023, 2026) Isaiah 55:1-5 Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 “Food security exists when all people, at all times, haveRead More →

A Great Unraveling? – Tom Mundahl reflects on God remembering. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 24-30, Year A (2023, 2026) Genesis 29:15-28 (semicontinuous reading) Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 We routinely call the Sundays after Pentecost the Time of the Church or Ordinary Time.  ThisRead More →

We Need a “Conversion to Earth!” – Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Third Sunday of Easter, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Hearts burning, eyes opened, lives changed, communities revitalized.Read More →

All of the Baptized Are Sent – Tom Mundahl reflects on our call to serve. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023, 2026)1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41 In a TED Talk, Terri Trespico, former editor and radio host for theRead More →

Real Water, Holy Water – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Samaritan woman finishing a story that began with Nicodemus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026)Exodus 17:1-7Psalm 95Romans 5:1-11John 4:5-42 The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman inRead More →