March 24, 2017

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 […]

Sermon: Breaking Down Boundaries…One Person at a Time (Lent III)

SERMON: Lent III Breaking Down Boundaries…One Person at a Time So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came […]

Sermon: On the Verge of a Whole New Life (Lent II)

SERMON: Lent II On the Verge of a Whole New Life Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you […]

Jan Richardson: Lent I – Where the Breath Begins

Note from CM: One of my favorite sites is Jan Richardson’s Painted Prayerbook. Jan does remarkable works of art and matches them with luminous prose, poetry, and prayers. She gave permission for us to use this Lenten reflection. It’s stunning. Thank you, Jan! • • • Lent I: Where the Breath Begins by Jan Richardson ✥ Reading […]

Sermon: The Next Day…and the Next (Lent I)

SERMON: Lent I The Next Day…and the Next Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones […]

Invitation to Lent

These are the prayers we will be praying and the invitation I will extend as our congregation gathers for the Ash Wednesday service this evening. Prayer of the Day Gracious God, in love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to love you and our neighbors. Strengthen us to face our […]

Lent with Neil Young

Lent with Neil Young 2017 Each year during Lent, I try to focus some of my musical attention on an artist and/or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find lessons for the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. In 2017, […]

Another Look: Lent is not about getting better

Note from CM: As I prepare for the days of Lent, I found this meditation from 2015 helpful. • • • Lent is not about getting better. Lent is about preparing to die. The word “lent” means “spring.” But Lent is not the spring. Lent leads to spring, as death leads to new life. Lent is […]