Posts from March 2021

Posts from March 2021

Hosanna!

On Sunday we enter into Holy Week with what’s often called Palm/Passion Sunday.  Holy Week, in its entirety, begins on Palm Sunday as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and the giving of a new commandment.  The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word for “mandate” and Jesus gives a new mandate to “love one another as I have loved you.”  On Good Friday we traverse the desolation and despair of the crucifixion and on Easter morning we celebrate the risen Christ! 

Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Breath Prayer

Our supplementary Lenten series for 2021 presents a broad range of spiritual practices. We often think of spiritual practices as general “prayer and meditation,” but the Christian tradition gives us many other tools to connect with God. You are invited to watch the video, try the spiritual practice out for yourself, and join in a discussion group around each one.

Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Lectio Divina

Our supplementary Lenten series for 2021 presents a broad range of spiritual practices. We often think of spiritual practices as general “prayer and meditation,” but the Christian tradition gives us many other tools to connect with God. You are invited to watch the video, try the spiritual practice out for yourself, and join in a discussion group around each one.

Life Interrupted

I don’t know about you, but I find interruptions to be bothersome. If I have finally found myself “on task” it can be a real nuisance for someone (or something) to pull my attention away. Maybe I finally catch that groove where I can be productive and efficient. Maybe I’m so deep in thought or action that I find it difficult to form words along any other train of thought. Interruptions can be frustratingly intrusive, and the same is true across experiences of life. 

Lifted Up

Our lectionary readings this week bring us two fairly complex and curious passages with which to wrestle.  The first testament reading from Numbers may be totally unfamiliar. Our Gospel reading, on the other hand, is likely to be familiar to all.  It contains perhaps the best known and often repeated line of Christian scripture that’s out there…“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  But just because it’s familiar, doesn’t mean it’s straightforward.  Not only are these two passages interrelated but they both hold, in tension, the dual reality of sin/judgment and God’s amazing grace.

Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Centering Prayer

Our supplementary Lenten series for 2021 presents a broad range of spiritual practices. We often think of spiritual practices as general “prayer and meditation,” but the Christian tradition gives us many other tools to connect with God. You are invited to watch the video, try the spiritual practice out for yourself, and join in a discussion group around each one.

Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Labyrinth

Our supplementary Lenten series for 2021 presents a broad range of spiritual practices. We often think of spiritual practices as general “prayer and meditation,” but the Christian tradition gives us many other tools to connect with God. You are invited to watch the video, try the spiritual practice out for yourself, and join in a discussion group around each one.

Holy Zeal

The account of Jesus “cleansing the temple” is told in all four Gospels but with several significant differences.  Matthew, Mark and Luke place this account toward the end of Jesus’ life, while John places it much closer to the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.  Jesus enters the temple during Passover – a very active, busy time – and turns everything, literally and figuratively, upside down.  The temple was THE established place to meet and encounter God.  And, through this encounter, Jesus suggests that the old order is passing and something new is being established.