January 22, 2021

Easter Sunday 2020

May the risen Christ meet you, as he met Mary, on this blessed Easter Sunday.

Holy Saturday 2020: God has been found among the dying and the dead

We sit down with tears And call to you in your tomb Rest gently, gently rest! Rest, you exhausted limbs! Your grave and tombstone For our anguished conscience shall be A pillow that gives peace and comfort And the place where our souls find rest. With the greatest content there our eyes will close in […]

Good Friday 2020: “God lets himself be pushed out of the world on to the cross.”

Ah Golgotha, accursed Golgotha! The Lord of glory must shamefully perish here, The blessing and salvation of the world Is put on the cross as a curse. From the creator of the heaven and the earth The Earth and the air will be taken away The innocent must here die as guilty, That touches my […]

Maundy Thursday 2020: “Remembering” means present and active

Willingly I shall bring myself To accept the cross and cup, I drink as my Saviour did For his mouth, Which flows with milk and honey Has made the cause And bitter taste of suffering Become sweet through first drinking himself. English Translation by Francis Browne • • • The Passover Seder is ordained in […]

Wednesday in Holy Week 2020: “The crucifixion of Jesus was the most secular, irreligious happening ever to find its way into the arena of faith.”

O man, thy grievous sin bemoan, For which Christ left His Father’s throne, From highest heaven descending. Of Virgin pure and undefiled He here was born, our Saviour mild, For sin to make atonement. The dead He raised to life again. The sick He freed from grief and pain. Until the time appointed That He […]

Hope in the Midst of Despair

This has been a season of grief. On Friday I wrote about many of the reasons why I as grieving related to the pandemic that is sweeping the world. Today (Sunday) I grieve as I remember that 10 years have passed since Michael Spencer was taken from us way too early. This coming Friday many […]

What we’re doing in worship today (Palm Sunday)

What we’re doing in worship today (Palm Sunday) Second Sunday under the stay-at-home order in Indiana. Palm Sunday. Gospel text:Matthew 21:1-11. •

This year Holy Saturday came earlier…and is lasting longer

This year Holy Saturday came earlier…and is lasting longer At Christian Century, Richard Lischer wonders, in these days of Covid-19, if we’ve been transported to Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is the day the disciples withdrew and wondered and waited. But for what? They had no idea. Nor […]

The Year That Wasn’t

A quick perusal of my Facebook posts, and you would have a pretty good idea that my year went pretty well: Lots of hiking and visiting with family and friends Building five new garden beds for flowers and vegetables Enjoying the resultant garden bounty My son’s engagement to a wonderful woman Celebrations of birthdays and […]

The 3 Days — Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 Praise and thanks remain your song of praise Hell and the devil are overcome their gates are destroyed Shout and cheer, you loosened tongues, so that you are heard in heaven Open up, you heavens,the splendid arches, the Lion of Judah comes drawn in victory! • J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) […]