Lectionary Commentaries » Lectionary Commentaries: Year C

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Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Preaching the End of the World in the Face of the End of the World - Leah Schade reflects on ...
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Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

It is the cosmic vulnerability that we have to honor if we want to worship the true king, the Cosmic ...
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Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

There is one Wisdom, one Beauty, one Mind that flows through the universe. - Leah Schade reflects on the Fourth Sunday ...
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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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Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Finding the peace of God amidst storms, we are called to wake up and face up to the storms we ...
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Season of Creation 2019:  Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Season of Creation 2019: Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Wisdom leads us to change our relationships with our animal brothers and sisters in God’s creation.  Leah Schade reflects on the ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

Wisdom teaches that what God has gathered up in Christ, we humans should make healthy, free from toxins, cleaned of ...
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Christmas Eve, Year C (Schade)

Christmas Eve, Year C (Schade)

“And on Earth – Peace: A Christmas Eve Eco-Reflection” Leah D. Schade Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Lexington Theological ...
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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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Sunday August 21 - 27 in Year C

Sunday August 21 – 27 in Year C

The Tension Between Action and Rest — In the Right Balance: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 13:10-17 Care for Creation ...
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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 (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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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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Christmas Eve and Day (Nativity of Our Lord) in Year C (Ormseth12)

Christmas Eve and Day (Nativity of Our Lord) in Year C (Ormseth12)

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

God’s presence and blessing are the source of our care for creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jacob wrestling with God ...
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Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

A reformation that recognizes God’s presence in all creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Romans 3:19-28 Care ...
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All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

Sin is our refusal to be the responsible consciousness of creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on expanding our understanding of ...
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Sunday October 9 - 15 in Year C

Sunday October 9 – 15 in Year C

What it means to be servants of creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on 2 Kings 5 and Luke 17:11-19 Care ...
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Sunday October 2-8 in Year C

Sunday October 2-8 in Year C

Care for creation and wait in patience. - Tom Mundahl reflects on Habakkuk 2:1-4 and Luke 17:5-10 Care for Creation ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year C

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year C

What hope is there unless we address our consumption? - Tom Mundah reflects on the Parable of the Rich Man and ...
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Sunday September 18 - 24 in Year C

Sunday September 18 – 24 in Year C

Embracing a gift economy - Tom Mundahl reflects on Luke 16:1-13. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for ...
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Sunday September 11 - 17 in Year C

Sunday September 11 – 17 in Year C

We are called to exercise the “priestly task” of interceding before corporations, military organizations, and governments that destroy God’s creation.  ...
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Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary - Year C:  Amy Carr reflects on Luke 14:25-33 and Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Readings for ...
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Sunday September 4 - 10 in Year C (Saler)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Saler)

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? - Robert Saler reflects on Luke 14:25-33 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Carr)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Carr)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary - Year C: Amy Carr reflects on Luke 14:7-14 and Hebrews 13 Readings for ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Saler)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Saler)

Keeping Ecological Theology from Becoming Ideology: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 14:7-14 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday August 14 - 20 in Year C

Sunday August 14 – 20 in Year C

Hard Sayings of Jesus: Blessing or Naming? - Robert Saler reflects on Luke 12:49-56 Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday August 7 - 13 in Year C

Sunday August 7 – 13 in Year C

Freedom from Fear is Freedom to Act:  Robert Saler reflects on Luke 12:32-40 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year C

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year C

Is Distance Our Security? Embracing Interdependence Joyfully: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 12:13-21 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday July 24-30  in Year C (Saler)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year C (Saler)

Thinking with Nature Inspires Wonder:  Robert Saler reflects on Luke 11:1-13 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler)

Right Delight is the Basis of Right Action: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 10:38-42 Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday July 10 - 16 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday July 10 – 16 in Year C (Ormseth)

If we abide in the domain of divine love, care of all God's creation is indeed within our reach. Care ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Carr)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Carr)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C: (2019, 2022) by Amy Carr Readings for Series C (2019, 2022) ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Ormseth)

The kingdom calls for down-to-earth benefits for the entire community. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth ...
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Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth)

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

Love the neighborhood as yourself! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C ...
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Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth)

Can we be freed by a “cultural exorcism” to seek out God’s new creation? Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

We must acknowledge that God is present in, with, and under all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

“Generosity over scarcity, brokenness in the face of denial, and hope in the place of despair.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by ...
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Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Join all the Earth in a new song to the Lord.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth)

What if we thought of Christ as Wisdom, God’s playmate who leads us into joyful dance? Care for Creation Commentary ...
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The Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth)

The Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth)

God's love of life and delight in creation should serve as a model for humanity's role in the world. Care ...
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The Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C By Robert Saler Ecumenism as Ecological Lure ...
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The Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

We strive to enable all members of creation to be what God intended them to be. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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The Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

Being “at home” involves our connection with God and our relationship with the natural world. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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The Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C (2016) By Robert Saler Biblical Insights on ...
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The Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C (2016) By Robert Saler Debonair Care, or ...
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The Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with humankind” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Tom Mundahl ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

The Risen One Intensifies Our Purpose, Especially Our Care for the Whole Creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C (2016) By Robert Saler Living into the ...
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The Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

The Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl)

We are called to care for all creatures who join the hymn of God’s creation. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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The Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

The Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C (2016) By Robert Saler Divine Recapitulation: We ...
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The Second Sunday of Easter in Year C

The Second Sunday of Easter in Year C

Celebrate the New World Order brought about by the resurrection of Jesus Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year ...
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The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Sunday in Year C

We are called to re-member what affirms our membership in a newly whole and holy creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year ...
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Palm/Passion Sunday in Year C (Saler)

The Spirit of Life Pulsates Through Death: Passion and Ecology by Robert Saler Reading for Series C: 2013 Palm/Passion Sunday ...
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Sunday of the Passion in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Lent in Year C (2016) By Dennis Ormseth Sunday of the ...
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

Caring for the Dying Creation is an act of Hope in Resurrection Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year ...
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Lent in Year C (2016, 2019, 2022) By Dennis Ormseth The ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

Our human systems of self-reliance prevent us from using the gift of creation well. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Lent in Year C (2016) By Dennis Ormseth The Fourth Sunday ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C

Let Repentance Linger. By refusing to rush to easy consolation, the preacher creates space for authentic encounter with God’s call ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C

The Season of Lent in Year C (2016) By Dennis Ormseth The Third Sunday in Lent in Year C Isaiah ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

Look for God downward, deep into the soil of the “crucified Christ” by Robert Saler Reading for Series C: 2013 ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary by Dennis Ormseth Second Sunday in Lent in Year C Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary First Sunday in Lent in Year C by Dennis Ormseth Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:12, ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler)

Blessed are those who walk lightly on the Earth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Robert ...
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Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary for Lent in Year C 2016 by Dennis Ormseth Introduction to the Season Towards ...
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Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Overall Eco-Reflections on the Season of Epiphany in Year C for preaching and devotions. By David Rhoads Epiphany is the ...
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The Baptism of Our Lord, The First Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

By Dennis Ormseth Creation itself participates when the Spirit descends in bodily form as a dove. Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 ...
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The Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

by Dennis Ormseth The biblical Year of Jubilee authorizes us to establish laws and practices that bring justice and renewal ...
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The Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C

By Tom Mundahl Exodus 34: 29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3: 12 - 4:2 Luke 9: 28-36 [37-43] As we ...
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The Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C

By Dennis Ormseth Embodiment is God's means for the liberation of creation.        Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke ...
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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

by Dennis Ormseth Must we appeal to “self-interest” in order to love creation as our neighbor? Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 ...
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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

By Tom Mundahl Jeremiah 1: 4-10 Psalm 71: 1-6 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 Luke 4: 21-30 In a talk entitled ...
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The Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

By Tom Mundahl Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Luke 4:14-21 As we continue our Epiphany journey ...
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The Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

Wisdom is the careful husbanding of resources for the protection, enhancement, and nurture of all creatures. By Dennis Ormseth Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ...
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The Epiphany of Our Lord in Year C

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. By Dennis Ormseth Epiphany of ...
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The Second Sunday After Epiphany in Year C

The Second Sunday After Epiphany in Year C

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary By Tom Mundahl Second Sunday After Epiphany, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah ...
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The First Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

Series C (2015-2016) By Tom Mundahl INTRODUCTION TO EPIPHANY If the purpose of the Church Year is to organize community ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

With Jesus’ appearance, space and time are opened for the renewal of Earth and the manifestation of God’s glory in ...
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Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C: 2018-2019 by Tom Mundahl The Fourth Sunday in Advent Micah 5:2-5a ...
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Third Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Third Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C -- 2018-2019 The Third Sunday in Advent by Tom Mundahl  Zephaniah ...
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Second Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Second Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C: 2018-2019 By Tom Mundahl First Sunday in Advent Jeremiah 33: 14-16 ...
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First Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

First Sunday in Advent, Year C (Mundahl)

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C: 2018-2019 By Tom Mundahl First Sunday in Advent Jeremiah 33: 14-16 ...
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Third Sunday in Advent, Year C

There is reason for all of God’s creation to rejoice! By Dennis Ormseth Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke ...
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