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Preaching Roundtable

The Green Blades Preaching Roundtable weekly reflections by a variety of preaching writers on the ecological implications of each Sunday’s lectionary. 

 

To inquire about writing for the Green Blades Preaching Roundtable, or to receive these reflections on a weekly basis, contact Kristin Foster, editor, at revkristinfoster@gmail.com.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter/Celebration of Spring

Sunday, May 5th

Pastor Dianne O. Loufman, First Lutheran Church—faithlovecommunity, Duluth, Minnesota

Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98

I John 5:1-6

John 15:9-17

My husband and I just returned from Paris where we encountered spring in cherry blossoms, redbuds and vines drooping with wisteria blooms; in baby ducks swimming in one of the Tuileries Garden ponds and in the canopy of trees already in leaf. Creation surrounded us in paintings where brushstrokes sought to capture the beauty of the created world or intertwined humanity and creation in new or maybe unintended ways. 

 

One that caught my imagination was Anselme Boix-Vives painting entitled: Plans for Peace...As the notes of it read, “Boix-Vives paintings celebrated a world teeming with life forces. Surrounded by a verdant plant decor, this supernatural figure combines human and zoomorphic features.” The intertwining of humanity and creation in the painting speaks to the reality of our existence which we are called to protect. Is it any wonder that the figure that draws both together is called a supernatural one?

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 12, 2024

Dennis Ormseth, St. Paul, MN

 

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Psalm 1

1 John 5:9-13

John 17:6-19

As congregations hear the readings for this last Sunday of the Easter Season, perhaps only a few participants might be moved to comment, “well, Easter was great, but what happens now?  What do we do next?” Families quickly move on to their list of spring activities, with graduations, weddings, plans for summer camps high on the agenda.  The notion that the congregation might consider what they should do next in terms that relate specifically to the care of creation will not seem so strange, however, if the message of God's love for all creation we have been developing these past weeks has been persistently presented by the congregation's pastor.   And the strange episode in our first reading this Sunday, the replacement of Judas by Matthias in the circle of Jesus followers could well prompt final food for thought relative to that message. Indeed, the narrative offers a fascinating stepping -off point for some summary reflections on the significance of the Easter lectionary for the church's commitment to care of creation.

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The Day of Pentecost

May 19, 2024

David Ackerson, Messiah Lutheran Church, Mountain Iron, Minnesota

 

Acts 2:1-21 

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 

Romans 8:22-27 

John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 

Yes, we can this year remember the historical Pentecost, we can worship our Lord on this day, but there is more we must do: we must, Romans 8, by grace show up; we must step out in action, and we must move on down the road, advancing God’s plan for us, which means to advance God’s plan for one another and for all Creation.  How do we do that?  Let us look through the lens of the imagery of “fire.”

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Trinity Sunday

May 26, 2024

Rev. Emily Meyer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 29

Romans 8:12-17

John 3:1-17

This Trinity Sunday, I would be tempted - no matter the weather - to move worship - or at least the sermon - outside. Spend time noticing the Divine Presence in the grandeur and simplicity of each element of creation around you, including within the human bodies assembled.

 

Define Martin Luther’s understanding of pan-en-theism, as Larry Rassmusen reminded us at the EcoFaith Summit on April 6, including Luther’s appreciation of creation as God’s self-portrait - the original and most Divine sermon.

 

Wonder how the heavens are telling the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).

 

Consider how we are born anew by water and the Spirit.

 

Explore the presence of Love, as Augustine describes the Trinity: Love, Beloved, and Lover, in the elements and beings, around, in, with, and among the congregation.

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