Sermons

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 →

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 →

The Right to Love the Land Neddy Astudillo This sermon was preached in the rural town of Marengo, Illinois, to an Anglo Presbyterian congregation that had just recently begun the process of opening their doors to the Latino people in their community. The goal of the sermon was to allow all people to see their commonalities and bring divine purpose to the experience of being a migrant or of working with migrants. From Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, edited by David Rhoads. Continuum Press, 1-7. These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remainingRead More →