October 17, 2017

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 […]

Lent V: Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross

Lent V Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. This Sunday’s Gospel text, the story of Mary anointing Jesus in anticipation of his death and burial, portrays the woman as a person of humble devotion. She entered a […]

Lent IV: Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator

Lent IV Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. I was struck this past week by the most recent discovery of the Hubble Space Telescope. Here was the announcement: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing time machine; by looking back […]

There is a way through…

Here’s another picture from the Kentucky hills for our Lenten contemplation. Click on it for a larger image. This shot was captured by our friend Alan Creech. Alan took this in Lee County, KY, just barely on the other side of the Red River Gorge. I sometimes imagine our forbears here in North America, for […]

Lent III: Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions

Lent III Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Lent (Spring) is such a time of contradictions! Yesterday we were in northern Indiana, where a foot of snow had fallen a few days before. Large piles of plowed […]

Charles H. Featherstone: Lent – By Grace Alone

Note from CM: I preached on Abraham from Genesis 15 last Sunday. I love what Charles says about the patriarch here, and wish I had said it half as well as he does. • • • What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something […]

Another Look: Lent – Praying with the Exiles

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad. • Psalm 53:6 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, […]

Lent II: Richard Rohr on the Dance of Breath and Soil

Lent II Richard Rohr on the Dance of Breath and Soil During Lent, on Sundays I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in “Franciscan alternative orthodoxy,” which emphasizes both […]