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 →

Join the Hymn of All Creation – Tom Mundahl reflects on ministering to creation as priests of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40 The Coming of God in Christ at Christmas changes everything.  It should be no surprise, then, that the psalmody for Christmas Eve echoes the joy of all creation: Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and everything that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shallRead More →

Divorced, Together –  Nick Utphall reflects on the connections in the family of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for First Sunday of Christmas, Year B (2020, 2023)  Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3Psalm 148Galatians 4:4-7Luke 2:22-40 For creation connections, it doesn’t get much clearer than the Psalm for the day, Psalm 148. I reprint it here just to refresh and maintain your contact with these globally, cosmically full words: Hallelujah! Praise the LORD from the heavens;    praise God in the heights.Praise the LORD, all you angels;    sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.Praise the LORD, sun and moon;    singRead More →

We need greater courage and imagination in standing up against those who would destroy Earth.  – Tom Mundahl reflects on Matthew 2:13-23. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2013)  Readings for the First Sunday of Christmas, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 My late father-in-law kept mules and an impressive Belgian mare named Dolly at his home in central Iowa. The few times that I spent Christmas there before pastoral duties occupied my Christmas celebrations, I noticed that on Christmas Eve he would spend more time than usual  in the barnRead More →