A Renewed Right Spirit

Ash Wednesday has been called the most difficult service of the year. More difficult even than Good Friday when we remember the death of our Lord. On Ash Wedensday, we come to acknowledge our own mortality. Traditionally, the words we hear when we have the sign of the cross marked on our foreheads are “From dust you were born and to dust you will return.” Not always an easy thing ...

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The Hope to be Found

Yesterday, I went with my husband to visit his parents. They emigrated from Germany over 60 years ago. As young children following World War II, they were both war refugees when Allied Forces came in to take over the country. My mother-in-law is from the land that became the Czech Republic, and my father-in-law from what became part of Poland. They know first-hand the cost of war. My husband, Rob, ...

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A Gentle Lent

We are tired. Does the idea of embarking on a Lenten discipline just wear you out? Does a daily practice seem like an insurmountable objective? What if gentleness was the key to finding the strength and energy you need this Lent? https://youtu.be/ze6ngM96xJo Join me for A Gentle Lent this March. Learning to be gentle with ourselves gives us a glimpse of the love Christ has for us and puts us in a much better ...

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Transfiguring Our Way to Lent

The final Sunday before Lent is Transfiguration Sunday. It's a pretty spectacular story with a lesson that we need to hear going into the season of Lent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1NHY3Yg4Nc&t=29s Not signed up for Lockdown for Lent: Reclaim the Holy in Your Home? Do it today! Lockdown for Lent

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Lent 2020–It’s a Nice Song, but Hard to Sing

There are a number of "wise" sayings of my maternal grandfather that have been passed down in the family lore. One he was particularly fond of (especially in reference to hymns on those occasions when my saintly grandmother could get him to church) was, "It's a nice song, but hard to sing." We all know songs like this. The Star Spangled Banner comes to mind. Let it Go from ...

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Ash Wednesday

We intentionally step onto this Lenten path hoping to grow in our love of God, love of each other, and love for our own precious, flawed selves. Recognizing that life is fleeting should only cause us to love more fiercely, more deeply and without reservation.  Gracious God, it is hard to think that we will die someday. We dream, make plans, and talk about what we’ll do in the near future. We don’t ...

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Pancakes for Everyone!

Today is known by many names: Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday, depending on your community of origin. In Great Britain and in other commonwealth countries, this day is Pancake Day. It goes back to the days when Christians used to give up items like milk and eggs and butter for Lent, pancakes were a great way to use up all those ingredients before the disciplines of Lent began. So ...

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Why Taking On May Be Better For You Than Giving Up This Lent

When I was in seminary, a classmate of mine decided to give up beer for Lent. It's not that he had a drinking problem he was trying to address, he just really liked beer and thought that giving it up was his best bet to to test his discipline and commitment. It was not easy. This was Boston and St. Patrick's Day fell right in the middle of Lent that ...

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Ash Wednesday Message

Ash Wednesday Message   All this pain I wonder if I’ll ever find my way I wonder if my life could really change at all Ashes are pretty easy to come by. Not just the ones that mark our foreheads today. The ashes that are left in the rubble of hopes dashed, dreams trampled, loves lost and challenges failed. If we’ve lived any time at all, our lives are full of dust and ashes. There are ...

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