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Wondering why this emphasis?  What’s the point of this website?  Is this really Christian? This website is intended to guide you into worshiping God the Creator and joining in the praise of all creatures around us.  The website is filled with resources to help make your worship more vibrant and expansive.  And if you have resources to share, pass them along! If this idea seems strange, you need look no further than the Psalms, who cry “Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exultRead More →

The following book contains commentaries on the lessons for the three years of the Season of Creation. The Season of Creation: A Preacher’s Commentary edited by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire (Fortress Press, 2011) As the global climate crisis worsens, many churches have sought to respond by instituting a movement to observe a liturgical season of creation. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecological theology, liturgy, and homiletics provide here a comprehensive resource for preaching and leading worship in this new season. Included are theological and practical introductions to observance of the season, biblical texts for twelve Sundays in the three-year lectionaryRead More →

Ideas and Resources that Flow from River Sunday River Sunday may fall close to the end of trout season in your area. Connect with a local Trout Unlimited chapter and get involved in stream bank restoration and their mission “to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.” Visit www.tu.org. If you’re a fisher, consider and celebrate catch and release. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement for 45 years as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musicalRead More →

Readings for Year A: 2013-2014 Care for Creation Sermon for the Season of Creation by Nick Utphall, pastor at St. Stephen’s ELCA, Monona, WI The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year A River Sunday Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17 Psalm 104:27-33 Revelation 22:1-5 Matthew 28:1-10 It’s been noted that trees frame or outline the biblical story. From the original tree in the garden, a tree of goodness that nevertheless got us into this mess, leading to the tree of the cross, planted at the crossroads, the mark of the path back to blessing, and finally the tree for the healing of the nations inRead More →

NEW RESOURCE  “An Essential Guide To Enjoying National Parks Responsibly” National parks are a popular (and relatively safe) way to spend some much needed time outdoors for physical health and mental wellbeing during the pandemic. And with a record number of visitors in 2020, minimizing the impact on national parks whilst preventing the spread of COVID-19 is more crucial than ever. The guide shares useful information such as: How to enjoy the great outdoors more ‘responsibly’ by practicing the principles of ‘leave no trace’, camping and wildlife safety, and fire prevention awareness. The many physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature such asRead More →

Care for Creation Sermon for the Season of Creation By Marcy Wieties, Emmaus Lutheran Church, Racine, WI The Third Sunday in the Season of Creation in Series A Wilderness Sunday Joel 1:8-10 Psalm 18:6-19 Romans 8:18-27 Matthew 3:13-4:2 or Mark 1:9-13 One of my all-time favorite movies is A River Runs Through It. It’s based on the book by the same name, written by Norman Maclean. It tells the story of two brothers, sons of a Presbyterian minister, as they come of age in Montana in the 1920s and 30s. One of the boys is studious, the other rebellious. The book is really good, too,Read More →

The Glad Soils Rejoices by John Paarlberg A sermon preached on Thanksgiving Sunday, 2003, at the First Church in Albany, New York. From Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, edited by David Rhoads. Continuum Press, 224-229. Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rainRead More →

This year, we have requested sermons from different preachers. Each was asked to contribute a sermon and to prepare a handout with a list of actions and exercises parishioners might do as a response to the sermon. Nick Utphall, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church of Madison Christian Community in Madison, WI, also serves as director and coordinator of this website. Marcy Wieties is support pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine, WI and Counselor for the Racine County Housing Authority. Jeffrey Wild, retired pastor is the author (with Peter Bakken) of Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place (Augsburg-Fortress, 2009).   The First Sunday ofRead More →

National forests are located in forty of fifty states in the US. Find those that are near to you. Consider spending time at a forest near you. Pick up a forest guide. Carry it in one hand and hold a Bible in the other hand. Read the creation accounts from Genesis 1 and 2. Remember the garden in Eden, the forest garden and the God-charged responsibility for humanity to serve as guardians of the forests. Take a walk and notice all that is pleasing to your sight, sense of smell, and the touch of your hand. Check the forest guide before picking and tasting anyRead More →

From Smokey Bear to Scripture Reading for Series A—2013-2014 Care for Creation Sermon for the Season of Creation, by Jeff Wild The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year A: Forest Sunday Genesis 2:4b-22 Psalm 139:13-16 Acts 17:22-28 John 3:1-16 The Season of Creation Lectionary designates today as Forest Sunday. Our awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of forests are informed by science, media and movies, the stories of explorers, personal adventures and cultural icons. Let’s see a show of hands: how many of you are familiar with Smokey Bear? Smokey turned 70 years old last month and the US Forest Service hosted a birthdayRead More →