March 21, 2019

Lent II: God in Unexpected Disguise

Sermon: Lent 2 God in Unexpected Disguise Mark 8:31-38 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him […]

Another Look: Lent — “From that point on…”

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

Lent I: Love for the Wilderness to Come

Sermon: Lent I Love for the Wilderness to Come Mark 1.9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And […]

Ash Wednesday with Nick Drake

Ash Wednesday with Nick Drake When the world seemed too remote, too difficult to negotiate, I recognised in him a spirit brave and brilliant enough to articulate in music what was an incoherent fog within me. • Monty Don, about Nick Drake Each year, either on Ash Wednesday or during Lent, I try to focus […]

Another Look: Sonnet for Lent V

Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45 Sonnet for Lent V if only you had been here with us then when your close friend, our brother, passed away i know you could have helped, have healed, have saved his life and kept us from this hopeless day instead we watched him slowly lose his breath we bid him drink […]

#josiesimpact

One of the common disciplines in Lent is the practice of generosity through giving to others. Patricia and Mark have found a way to do that out of their deep sorrow, and I have been inspired by them. Though their little Josie lived only 18 days, their lives were forever changed by her presence. This […]

Sermon: Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness (Lent IV)

SERMON: Lent IV Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works […]

Psalms Week: Lives Built Around Praying the Psalms

My primary (and very limited) experience with praying the Psalms communally is with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. They pray the Psalms seven times a day, and cover the entire Psalter every two weeks. So you can imagine that the words and sentiments of the Psalms have become part of the very […]

Psalms Week: Entering into the Story

Save us, O Lord our God,    and gather us from among the nations,that we may give thanks to your holy name    and glory in your praise. • Psalm 106:47 When we read and pray the Psalms, we enter into the prayers of David and the other psalmists, we enter into the prayers of the exiles who composed, edited, […]

Psalms Week: May Your Kingdom Come

The Book of Psalms is a wilderness book. It is also perfect for the messy, muddy, unpredictable season of Lent. It is filled with laments, the most common type in the book, but the Hebrew name for the book is Tehillim, which means “praises.” There is constant movement throughout the book from lament to praise, from despair to […]