February 21, 2018

Easter III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Easter II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-31 a bunch of frightened, doubting friends we hid away like fugitives our leader dead, our expectations dashed we assumed the worst — that those who killed him would now be after us finish the job, put the whole “messiah” thing to rest so we pulled the shades and […]

Luther’s Easter Hymn

“Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands” (Christ lag in Todesbanden) Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands, For our offenses given; But now at God’s right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven; Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully Loud songs of hallelujah! Hallelujah! No son of […]

Liturgy of the Palms

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 (see Psalm 118) hymn for palm sunday color, color everywhere greets the king on donkey’s foal crowds are gath’ring! now, come quickly! bless the lord with heart and soul! pathway lined by royal sage zion’s skies are dazzling blue hail messiah! sing hosanna! bless the lord who visits […]

Lent V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45 a sonnet 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 […]

Lent IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 9:1-41 a sonnet he spat and made a muddy mash of clay and smeared it smartly on my long-blind eyes then bid me bathe in waters of siloam i splashed the muck away and saw the skies! from birth i’d borne the slanderous slur of sin and sat and […]

Lent III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 4:5-42 a sonnet he knew, and how he knew i’ll never know this thirsty stranger standing at the well i came at noon to avoid abhorring eyes and constant cutting comments i can’t quell and there this man, this jewish stranger, stood bold to approach, to speak, to break […]

Lent II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 3:1-17 a sonnet a teacher who was learned and upright came out to visit jesus late one night immersed in scripture, ritual, and law impressed by signs of heaven that he saw and yet confused by words conveyed with love of kingdom gained by new birth from above and […]

Lent I

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 a sonnet when israel moses led across the sea to desert, hunger, thirst, and poverty he called them there to trust and not transgress their god would care for them in wilderness he water, meat, and manna did provide yet still the children grumbled, groaned, and cried their […]

Transfiguration Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 on mountain height resplendent light apostles saw with speechless awe peter and james and brother john saw jesus’ face bright as the sun moses was there elijah too law and prophets fade from view heavenly voice from brilliant sky beloved son was lifted high be not afraid a […]