Commentary and Sermons on the Season of Creation

For information about and resources to celebrate a Season of Creation, click here.

Commentary on the Season of Creation in Year B (2018): The Word Series
Robert Saler is Research Fellow, Christian Theological Seminary at Indianapolis and Director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs. He has served as pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Gary, IN and visiting lecturer in theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He received his BA from Valparaiso University, his MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles in the areas of biblical hermeneutics, ecological theology, patristic thought, and contemporary ecclesiology. He is currently writing an intellectual biography of the 20th-century theologian Joseph Sittler.

Commentary on the Season of Creation in Year C (2019): The Wisdom Series
Leah D. Schade is a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) with an MDiv (2000) and a PhD (2008) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). She has served congregations in suburban, urban and rural settings and is currently the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, PA. Rev. Schade completed her dissertation on homiletics and ecological theology She is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, and a member of her synod’s Creation Care team. She also serves on the synodical task force for addressing justice issues surrounding fracking in Pennsylvania. Leah is founder of the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition of the Susquehanna Valley (ISEC) committed to addressing threats to water, land, air, eco-systems, and public health. Her blog,, features sermons, essays, creative writing, and movie and book reviews on ecological and social justice issues.

Commentary on the Season of Creation in Year A (2020): The Spirit Series
This year, we have requested sermons from different preachers. Each was asked to contribute a sermon and to prepare a handout with a list of actions and exercises parishioners might do as a response to the sermon.
Nick Utphall, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church of Madison Christian Community in Madison, WI, also serves as director and coordinator of this website.
Marcy Wieties is support pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine, WI and Counselor for the Racine County Housing Authority.
Jeffrey Wild, retired pastor is the author (with Peter Bakken) of Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place (Augsburg-Fortress, 2009).

The Second Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year A: Land Sunday
       While we don't have a land sermon on the texts for the Season of Creation, here are two sermons with the general theme:
        "The Right to Love the land" by Neddy Astudillo
        "The Glad Soil Rejoices" by John Paarlberg