Lent

Introducing Lent

Lent is a season of following Christ on his way to Golgotha. As we read the story and meditate upon the way of the cross, we ask God to help us behold his mercy and grace poured out for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a time for us…

Good Friday Homily

Good Friday – Jn 18:1-19:37 Almighty God, we beseech you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for…

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-15 Almighty Father, whose most dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it in thankful remembrance of Jesus Christ our Savior, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives…

Wednesday of Holy Week

Wednesday of Holy Week (Matthew 26:1-5,14-25 – Judas the Betrayer) Collect – Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts by which you have promised us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with…

Tuesday of Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week – Mark 11:15-19Collect – O Lord our God, whose blessed Son gave his back to be whipped and did not hide his face from shame and spitting: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our…

Monday of Holy Week

Monday of Holy Week – Jesus at Bethany with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (John 12:1-11)Collect – Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it…

Attending to Jesus

“Pay attention!” the teacher cried out as I gazed off into space. I was paying attention, but not to her. I was puzzling over whether or not I was from this planet or was merely visiting among these humans. Over the years, I’ve come to think children are quite good at paying attention, but not…

Meeting Noah

40 endless days bring an end to all that is: the rich green meadows, the sparkling streams that interplay with sunlight and stones, the towns bustling with life. Chaos overtakes calm; flood furies consume; mountains do fall into the sea Noah looks into the dark circling waters and sees his future. At least what should…

Meeting Cain

In the path of the cross, the journey back to my baptism, I see Cain walking away into the dark lands. He is walking through the wilderness, but he is not on pilgrimage. He is cursed to wander, a fugitive with no home, no family, no tribe. Eventually, he will build a city. This city…

Remembering the World

I recently entered into an older church for a meeting. The moment I stepped through the door, my senses were flooded with the smells, sights, and even the temperature of my childhood church. Though I had never set foot in this particular church, I felt like I was walking back through memories from over forty…