The beatitudes address the oppressive conditions of empire—ancient and contemporary! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year A  By Dennis Ormseth (Reprinted from 2011) Readings for: All Saints Sunday Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Revelation 7:9-17 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the Children of God The meaning of theRead More →

Droplets of Paradox: The Ripples of Our Baptismal Calling  –  Leah Schade reflects on the “foolishness” of creation care ministry. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Leah Schade in 2017) Readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11Read More →

Offering Life for the World – Tom Mundahl reflects on Christ’s suffering and death. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2017) Readings for the Sunday of Passion, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Matthew 21:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 26:14-27: 66Read More →

Sermon for Epiphany 5A, the Rev. Lisa E. Dahill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, Trinity Lutheran Seminary IPL Climate Preach-In, Trinity Lutheran Seminary Epiphany 5A, February 12, 2014 Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20 This week is the annual Preach-In on Climate Change sponsored across theRead More →

Sermon for Sixth Sunday in Epiphany, Year A Deuteronomy 30:5-20 Saint Andrew and Emmaus Lutheran Churches, Racine WI February 16, 2014 – National Preach-In on Climate Change Dr. Peter W. Bakken Executive Director, Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts,Read More →

Opening Blessing. Rejoice O soil, in the God who made you, Fear not animals of the field, for God provides for you. Give thanks O people, for the God whose abiding love will never let you go. (Prayer by John Paarlberg) Gospel Lesson Then some of the scribes and PhariseesRead More →

Celebrating Forest Sunday in the Season of Creation “Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy.” This week is the first Sunday of the Season of Creation, an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains of creation. There are four SundaysRead More →