Year A

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 →

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 →

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 →