Wild Lectionary: Let them Praise!

Christmas 1A Psalm 148 By Laurel Dykstra Salal + Cedar is the Watershed Discipleship community that curates Wild Lectionary. Psalm 148, which both celebrates and demands more-than-human praise for the creator, has become something of a “theme psalm” that we return to in worship. As it appears each year in the lectionary cycle we use …

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Wild Lectionary: Choosing the True Mystery

Advent 4A Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-17, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 By Lanni Lantto Isaiah was a prophet in times of kings. In the lectionary passage, God sends him to Ahaz, a king defending his earthy kingdom, to say that God will send a sign: a young child named Immanuel meaning God is with us. This child, …

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Wild Lectionary: The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom

Seeking the True Joy of Advent Advent 3 Isaiah 35:1-10 Matthew 11: 2-11 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?”                                                                       Matt 11:7 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and …

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Wild Lectionary: Hope in the Anthropocene

Advent 1A The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us …

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Wild Lectionary: We Live in Relation

Proper 29(34) Jeremiah 23: 1-6 By Reverend Kelly Giese Jeremiah’s oracles of a future king, a messiah, indicate that the sheep, the pasture, the people, the flock, never leave the watchful eye of the Lord.  All are referred to as “mine” belonging to Yahweh. There is a close association of the Lord the God of …

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Wild Lectionary: Another World Is Possible

Proper 28 (33) C Isaiah 65:17-25 By Brynn Craffey This week’s first Lectionary reading from Isaiah features a vision of the Almighty who promises to create, “new heavens and a new earth,” in which, “the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Restoration is a theme running through Isaiah, and today’s passage …

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Wild Lectionary: This House in its Former Glory

Proper 27(32)C Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 98 By Sandy Reynolds I am often confronted with the destruction of the natural world from my backyard. I live near the escarpment trails that run through the city of Hamilton, Ontario. On a clear day, you can see across the bay to the CN Tower in Toronto. Frequently the …

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Wild Lectionary: Saving Corporate Lostness

Proper 26(31) Luke 19:1-10 By The Rev. Marilyn Zehr 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 If the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost, who could be more lost than large corporations whose actions defile the earth and her creatures? …

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Wild Lectionary: Insect Armies and Fearful Soil

Proper 25(30)C Joel 2:23-32 By Laurel Dykstra In the Christian bible the book of Joel is three chapters long, in the Jewish bible four. Joel describes a years long plague of locusts in military language. The people are exhorted to fast, pray and repent from ambiguous transgressions. An oracle of consolation—divine promise of restoration–is followed …

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