July 13, 2020

Sermon Lent IIA: The Wind is Freshening (John 3:1-17)

Sermon Lent IIA The Wind Is Freshening (John 3:1-17) The Lord be with you. Over the next few Sundays, we will be reading stories from John’s Gospel. These stories tell about encounters Jesus had with several individuals and how he helped them find faith, forgiveness, healing, and life. I think this is an important emphasis […]

Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020 During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it. Last week we asked about your faith community and […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Scott Lencke: Lament in Silence

Note from CM: Thanks to Scott for this thoughtful reminder about the importance of lament prayers — an especially relevant topic during Lent. You can read more of Scott’s writing at The Prodigal Thought. • • • Lament in Silence by Scott Lencke The church has entered the season of Lent. This is a focused […]

Robert Herrick: To Keep a True Lent

To Keep a True Lent Is this a fast, to keep The larder lean? And clean From fat of veals and sheep ? Is it to quit the dish Of flesh, yet still To fill The platter high with fish ? Is it to fast an hour, Or ragg’d to go, Or show A downcast […]

Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp

Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp The Lord be with you. I’ll begin with a quote: “You don’t want the first time that they have to dig deep [to be] when they have to face one of our enemies.” Those are the words of Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, the commander of the […]

Lenten Brunch Lite 1: February 29, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 1: February 29, 2020 During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it. Today’s set of questions is simple: How does your […]

Another Look: Lent and the Gospel Story

We have begun our journey into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In a January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” I pointed out that the Epiphany season is representative of the first half of the […]

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee Hotel […]

Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well […]