Wild Lectionary: God’s Gonna Trouble the Waters

Lent 1B Genesis 9:8-15 Mark 1:9-15 By Lydia Wylie-Kellermann Water flows through our ancient Judeo-Christian texts. Righteousness pours down like a mighty stream (Amos 5:24), and Jesus offers relief to those who thirst (John 4:13–15). Before whales or eagles or humans did, God dwelt among the waters (Gen 1). The creation of heaven and earth […]

Wild Lectionary: Transfiguration

Transfiguration B Mark 9:2-9 By Sue Ferguson Johnson and Wes Howard-Brook “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.” (Mk 9.2) It has been a long, wet, grey, dark winter so far here in the Issaquah Creek watershed. While we have […]

Wild Lectionary: Awe

Epiphany 5B Isaiah 40:21-31 By Camen Retzlaff Sometimes I am asked why the Bible, especially the Hebrew Bible, says that we should “fear” God, who is love. Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. “Have you not known, have you not […]

Wild Lectionary: What We Do with Our Bodies

Epiphany 4B 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 8 As to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as in fact there are many gods and many lords– yet […]

Wild Lectionary: For They Were Fishermen

Epiphany 3B As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-17  As this week’s […]

Wild Lectionary: Fishing On Our Ancestral Territory

Epiphany 3B Mark 1: 16-18 By: Jeffery Stanley May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable unto you, Oh God our rock and Redeemer. “As Jesus passed along the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake – for they were […]

Wild Lectionary: Woven in the Depths

Epiphany, Year B Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 By Ragan Sutterfield E. Stanley Jones once wrote that if there is an instinct in the human heart to conceal there is also a deeper instict to reveal” (Victory Through Surrender). And yet, our culture keeps from authentic disclosure. We are invited, instead, to a kind of performative exposure, […]

Wild Lectionary: Metanoia and John – Transformation in Wilderness

By Valarie Luna Serrels Epiphany 1B Mark 1:4-11 There’s a story in Greek mythology about Kairos, the young, swift god of opportunity, with wings on his feet. When he passes by you, it’s too late to grab hold of said opportunity. However, in the wake of Kairos’ fleeting journey, stands the sorrowful goddess Metanoia. She […]

Wild Lectionary: Let All Creation Praise

Wild Lectionary: Let All Creation Praise

Christmas 1B Psalm 148 By Laurel Dykstra The first Sunday after Christmas with the annual reading of Psalm 148, marks Wild Lectionary’s first anniversary: 51 blog posts, from diverse watersheds, reflecting on land, creation and indigenous justice themes from the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary.

Wild Lectionary: Mary, Hildegard and the anawim

Advent 4B Luke 1:26-38, 46b-55 You have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. Luke 1:52 By The Reverend Marilyn Zehr I met her this afternoon when I went for a walk. She was throwing the ash from her woodstove onto the snowy road just outside her front door. […]