Lectionary Commentaries » Lectionary Commentaries: Year A

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Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

A Parable about Caring for Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Let All Creation Praise! - companion site

Let All Creation Praise! – companion site

Our ecumenical companion site, www.LetAllCreationPraise.org , is maintained by long-time supporter and fellow Lutheran restoring creation, Nick Utphall. This site ...
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Sunday January 14-20 in Year A (Schade17)

Sunday January 14-20 in Year A (Schade17)

Droplets of Paradox: The Ripples of Our Baptismal Calling  -  Leah Schade reflects on the "foolishness" of creation care ministry. Care ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Lent Calls Us to Serve the Flourishing of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the temptation of Jesus and what ...
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Third Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Third Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Real Water, Holy Water - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Samaritan woman finishing a story that began with Nicodemus. Care ...
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Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Day) in Year A (Schade)

Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Day) in Year A (Schade)

How does creation participate in this new life? - Leah Schade reflects on Christ's passion and resurrection through an ecological ...
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Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Schade)

Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Schade)

Inauguration by Water – The Baptism of Jesus:  Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 3:13-17 and Isaiah 42:1-9. Care for Creation ...
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Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Mundahl)

Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Mundahl)

Gentle justice for people and creation:  Tom Mundahl reflects on Jesus' baptism and the first Servant Song of Isaiah. Care ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Ormseth)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Ormseth)

Meeting  the "Creational Need" of Nature - Dennis Ormseth reflects on salt and light in this Sunday's readings. Care for ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord (February 20, 2020) in Year A

Transfiguration of Our Lord (February 20, 2020) in Year A

All Creation Looks Forward to God's Glory  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the mountain experiences of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus ...
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Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson)

Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson)

All-Encompassing, Hopeful, and Embodied Faith This week Lutheran's Restoring Creation is excited to offer a guest commentary from Andrew Thompson, ...
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Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) in Year A

Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) in Year A

Expanding the Imagination with Vision: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 35. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally ...
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Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the ...
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First Sunday of Lent (March 1, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

First Sunday of Lent (March 1, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

The Way of Ecojustice in a Dangerous Time - Tom Mundahl reflects on our place in the world. Care for ...
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Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth)

Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth)

The Spirit is the Giver of Life! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Pentecost. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl)

Offering Life for the World - Tom Mundahl reflects on Christ's suffering and death. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Living in Promises and Hope - Tom Mundahl reflects on land and the struggle to "till (serve) and keep" it ...
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Third Sunday of Lent (March 15, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Third Sunday of Lent (March 15, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Come and See - Tom Mundahl reflects on God's gift of water. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary ...
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Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Can These Bones Live? - Tom Mundahl reflects on the cost of transitioning to a creation-normed economy ...
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Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl)

It Can't Happen Here - Tom Mundahl reflects on prophetic voice and lament. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth)

If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism. - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth12)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth12)

Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Christmas Eve and Day (Nativity of Our Lord) in Year A (Ormseth10)

Christmas Eve and Day (Nativity of Our Lord) in Year A (Ormseth10)

A Light Shining in the Darkness - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation ...
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Christmas Eve (Nativity of Our Lord) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Christmas Eve (Nativity of Our Lord) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Displaced and Found by God -  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for ...
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Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

We are the sheep of God's pasture. We are the people of God's Earth. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on  the inclusion ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth)

Claiming the Future as Precious Gifts of People and Land. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on acting boldly for restoration and healing ...
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Sunday October 30 - November 5 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 30 – November 5 in Year A (Ormseth)

Called To Be No Less Than Servants of Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on servant leadership. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth)

To love neighbor involves love for their neighborhood. To love God involves love for God's creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker)

Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker)

Let all creation praise by not polluting! - Kathryn Schifferdecker reflects on creation's ability to praise its Creator. Care for ...
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Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth)

It Is God's Will - Dennis Ormseth reflects on joining with the Lord, Servant of Creation, in unending care of creation ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year A (Santmire)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year A (Santmire)

Things Fall Apart: One Center Holds - Paul Santmire reflects on a counter-cultural alternative to a consumer economy. Care for ...
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Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire)

In Praise of Generosity - Paul Santmire reflects on a kairos moment for Americans. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth)

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Care for ...
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Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth)

A Reconfigured Parable - Dennis Ormseth reflects on a parable's proposal of the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth)

Love Your Neighbor! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year A (Ormseth)

Following Jesus as Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on self-centered reasons and altruism. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth)

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth)

Feast on These Parables from Nature! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the messy business of God's kingdom. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth)

Desist from Ecological Destruction, NOW! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the ecological integrity of all things. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Ormseth)

Righteousness and Justice for All Creation! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on true prophets. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth)

The Parable of the Sower as Sign of God's Provision in Nature - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the Servant of Creation ...
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Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Taking on Rationalization - Amy Carr reflects on donkeys facing war horses. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Mundahl)

Fake News - Tom Mundahl reflects on the alternative. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday ...
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Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl)

A Community to Serve the Whole Earth - Tom Mundahl reflects on support, endurance, and hope for the challenges we ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

The Story of Jesus the Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the triune God of creation. Care for ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl)

Survival Is Insufficient - Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of "making room." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 24, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 24, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

God can be counted upon to "keep" the creatures of God's creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus' Farewell Prayer ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 17, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Human beings grow into divine fellowship to participate in the relief of nature's groaning. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on living ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Ocean Coral Illuminates the "Living Stone" of Christ. - Leah Schade reflects on 1 Peter 2 and John 14. Care ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on following the Good Shepherd.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Let us live into a vision of sustainability for the whole Earth community. - Leah Schade reflects on the Good ...
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Third Sunday of Easter (April 26, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Third Sunday of Easter (April 26, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

We need a "conversion to Earth!" - Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Celebrating the Subversive Life of the Resurrection - Leah Schade reflects on the lessons of Holy Humor Sunday. Care for ...
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Second and Third Sundays of Easter (April 19 & 26, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Second and Third Sundays of Easter (April 19 & 26, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on Easter, Earth Day's 50th anniversary, and coronavirus. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth)

Jesus is the Faithful Servant of God's Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the last week of Jesus' life on ...
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Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

ork of the Spirit makes God’s love for the cosmos worthy of trust. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on John 11 ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

All of the Baptized Are Sent - Tom Mundahl reflects on our call to serve. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Do we see God's work in all creation? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on John 9. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the story of ...
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Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Returning to Our Origins  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the start of our Lenten journey. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Ormseth)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Ormseth)

Choosing Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Moses' Farewell Speech and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Mundahl)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Mundahl)

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  - Tom Mundahl reflects on our ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Mundahl)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Mundahl)

We are Epiphany communities, being salt for the Earth and bearing light for the world. - Tom Mundahl reflects on Isaiah ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 28 - February 3) in Year A (Ormseth)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 28 – February 3) in Year A (Ormseth)

Empowered in God's love for the creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Micah 6 and the beatitudes of Matthew 5 ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 28 - February 3) in Year A (Mundahl)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 28 – February 3) in Year A (Mundahl)

When we turn around, we receive the unanimous approval of the mountains, the hills, and the foundations of the Earth ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Schade)

Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Schade)

“Needing New Nets: Fishing for People in a Creation-Crisis Age” - Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 4:12-23. Care for Creation ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Mundahl)

Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Mundahl)

Christian care for creation will address chemical spills. - Tom Mundahl reflects on mending torn nets, community, and creation. Care ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany (January 14-20) in Year A (Mundahl)

Second Sunday after Epiphany (January 14-20) in Year A (Mundahl)

We Are Home. - Tom Mundahl reflects on the community of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A

Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A

The “great gathering” of Earth community encompasses the material world of God’s good creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on our ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year A

First Sunday of Christmas in Year A

We need greater courage and imagination in standing up against those who would destroy Earth.  - Tom Mundahl reflects on Matthew ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22, 2019) in Year A

Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22, 2019) in Year A

Faithfulness and Creativity: Robert Saler reflects on the example of Saint Joseph. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  (originally ...
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Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Granting Time, Rupturing Time: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 11 and Matthew 3 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Saler)

First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Saler)

Improvisation — A Christian Stance of Hopefulness:  Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Santmire)

First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Santmire)

Why bother with Advent?  Paul Santmire reflects on the start of the Advent season and offers a sermon example. Care ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Incline Your Ear and Listen Carefully - Amy Carr reflects on our response to grief, anguish, and the temptation to ...
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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Year A

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Year A

The Psalms of Christmas: Let All Creation Praise By Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series B: 2011-2012 Nativity of our Lord ...
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Reformation Sunday, Year A

Reformation Sunday, Year A

Care for Creation Commentary on the Common lectionary in Year A Reformation Sunday, by Dennis Ormseth Psalm 46 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans ...
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The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation Year A: River Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, River Sunday: The Fourth Sunday ...
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The Third Sunday in the Season of Creation Year A: Wilderness Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the third Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, Wilderness Sunday: The Third Sunday ...
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The Second Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: Land Sunday

Two sermons for the second Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, Land Sunday: "The Right to Love the ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: Forest Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the first Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: The First Sunday of the ...
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All Saints Sunday in Year A

The beatitudes address the oppressive conditions of empire—ancient and contemporary! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year A  By ...
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Season of Creation Year A: Land Sunday

Opening Blessing. Rejoice O soil, in the God who made you, Fear not animals of the field, for God provides ...
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Season of Creation Year A: Forest Sunday

Celebrating Forest Sunday in the Season of Creation “Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy.” This week ...
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