First Sunday of Christmas 2016 The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY Author, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2016) Text:  Matthew 2:13-23 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”  Matthew 2:18 (NRSV) This stark scene of children’s bloody bodies lying limp in their mothers’ arms comes crashing into our silent and holy nights of Christmas peace and joy.  The juxtaposition of state-sanctioned murder of babies and toddlers against the images we cherish of Mary holding her precious babyRead More →

While many are anxious and isolated during this time of response to a pandemic, we offer these reflections on this week’s readings. (If there are other recordings you wish to share as a balm to soothe and inspiration to act for the common good please submit them here.) March 15, 2020 – 3rd Sunday in Lent (John 4, 5-42) – Woman at Well – Pr. Susan Henry – House of Prayer, Hingham MARead More →

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Revelation’s Easter Message Readings for Series C (2016, 2019, 2022) Revelation 7:9-17 **Acts 9:36-43 **John 10:22-30 Sermon from Pastor Susan Henry at House of Prayer Lutheran Church,  Hingham MA More than Just Weird Grace to you and peace from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After Sunday worship last week, Kurt Lundin leaned in conspiratorially to greet me, saying “Did you notice – hymn number 666?” Indeed I did, and I told him I suspect that the people who put the hymnal together thought long and hard about what song should go with that infamous number.  It’s “What Wondrous Love Is This,” and thereRead More →

Our ecumenical companion site, www.LetAllCreationPraise.org ,   is maintained by long-time supporter and fellow Lutheran restoring creation, Nick Utphall.     This site is an online library of commentaries, hymns, worship samples and devotions which speak to a wide variety of Christian faiths.  Rev. Utphall is pastor at Madison Christian Community in Wisconsin. Check out their site for more testimonials of working together to celebrate all of God’s gifts.Read More →

A Service In and For the Forests – Feel free to share this worship service or get ideas – we appreciate acknowledgement! Click here to download bulletin. Pentecost Creation/Forest — July 15, 2018 Homily by Pastor Susan Henry, House of Prayer Lutheran Church Who Is Jesus for Chipmunks? For maybe twenty-five years, I’ve mulled over a theological question that makes me feel a little foolish. I never raised it in a seminary class or talked about it with a professor, and when I’ve tentatively mentioned it to a colleague or two, they’ve looked at me like, “What???” But this question keeps coming up for me,Read More →

Creation of Cosmos Service – Feel free to download and share this bulletin.  Please don’t forget acknowledgements. Creation: The Universe  – – June 17, 2018 Homily by Pastor Susan Henry, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Hingham MA Of All That Is, Seen and Unseen In the summer, it would be hard not to notice the goodness of God’s creation. Long days and starry nights; fruitful gardens and gorgeous flowers visited by bees and hummingbirds; picnics and cookouts; backyard sprinklers and ocean waves; time outdoors with families, friends and pets; vacation plans or memories – such things immerse us in the created world around us. OnRead More →

Over the summer of 2018 Pastor Susan Henry at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Hingham Massachusetts decided to try something a little different.  After reading several books about the human relationship with creation over the years she wanted share some of these perspectives that may not come up in the typical lectionary cycle. The following are three services and sermons that she has graciously shared with our Lutherans Restoring Creation community. Feel free to use the material, but kindly be sure to credit the original authors as she has done.    Read More →

Thanks to David Rhoads,  Paul Santmire, and Norman Habel who share here their Chapter 2 of “The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary” (Fortress Press 2011). Please download and share the excerpt here- then buy the whole book! This resource is a timeless guide for anyone curious about integrating caring for the earth and its creatures as a part of worship to God.  It recommended for anyone who wants a solid theological foundation to build upon and enact their passion for creation care. Find  the Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (here) at Fortress Press.     Read More →

On the Way Pentecost 17 B / Proper 19                             September 16, 2018 Isaiah 50:4-9a    James 3:1-12   Mark 8:27-38 Pastor Susan Henry – House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Hingham MA Grace to you and peace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We’re right smack in the middle of Mark’s telling of the story of Jesus, but let’s look back to the start of it.  There, Mark writes that this is “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  We’ve known who Jesus is from the very first verse of Mark’s gospel.  But Jesus’ disciples and the crowds who seek him outRead More →

by David Rhoads Steward is a biblical term that refers to a manager who is responsible for the goods and property of another. A steward is not therefore an owner, but one who has a responsibility to an owner to treat property with care and respect. Stewardship is a term that refers to the responsibility of a steward to manage wisely. The unjust steward was one who took advantage of his position to aggrandize himself (Luke 16:1-13). Stewardship has come to be used in the Christian community in a broader sense for our responsibility to manage wisely the goods and property that are in our possession. The assumption isRead More →