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 →

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 →

Displaced and Found by God –  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Christmas Eve (Nativity of Our Lord), Years A, B, and C Isaiah 9:2-7Psalm 96Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] At worship planning in early November, some members of my congregation raised the idea of renting a barn for our Christmas Eve worship services. Here in Wisconsin, some location that could offer a little shelter from the cold of the night probably seemed like a good idea. And maybe the ambience was intended as much as the practicality. In thisRead More →

Let all creation praise by not polluting! – Kathryn Schifferdecker reflects on creation’s ability to praise its Creator. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 16-22, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 45:1-7 Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13] 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 In this week’s Gospel reading from Matthew 22, the religious and political leaders seek to trap Jesus. They ask him if it is lawful to pay taxes. If he answers, ‘yes,’ he will get in trouble with the religious authorities. If he answers ‘no,’ he will be considered a threat to Roman authority. Jesus asks for a RomanRead 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 →