The Transformation of All Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the reorientation of creation to its sacred center. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Sunday of the Passion Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 (Procession) Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] 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 The week we call “holy” traditionally begins with the congregation’s Palm Sunday procession: the pastor reads the processional Gospel fromRead More →

All Nature Sings! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the incarnate God, given for all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday of Christmas, Year B (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40 “All Nature Sings” The readings for the First Sunday after Christmas conform to the pattern of praise and witness we have observed in the Christmas lectionary so far. The circle of nature’s praise is dramatically enlarged, and our understanding of the reason for this praise is deepened. Psalm 148 is the classic example of the points made by TerryRead More →

A Light Shining in the Darkness – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Christmas Eve (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Readings for Christmas Day  Psalm 97 or 98 Isaiah 62:6-12 or 52:7-10 Titus 3:4-7 or Hebrews 1:1-14 (5-12) Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 or John 1:1-14 Introduction The birth of Jesus is an occasion for great joy in the church. What we have hoped for and waited for, not just in the season of Advent but also in “all the years” of hope and fear, beginsRead More →

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2011) Readings for Christmas Eve (all years) Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Readings for Christmas Day (all years) Psalm 97 or 98 Isaiah 62:6-12 or 52:7-10 Titus 3:4-7 or Hebrews 1:1-14 (5-12) Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 or John 1:1-14 Introduction The birth of Jesus is an occasion for great joy in the church. What we have hoped for and waited for, not just in the season of AdventRead More →