And in case you haven’t noticed, while this invitation to practice is theoretically “for kids,” you too adult are a bodily creature who is from earth and will return to the earth. So this is for you too.
Do you have a true story from your own life to share this Lent, about the ways that individualism has pushed you away from God, other people, or creation?
Carmen Kingsley, offers this reflection on the season of Epiphany and the upcoming Upside Down Variety Show: The season of Epiphany encourages us to revel in Christ’s birth and the initiation of his ministry. We began by remembering his baptism and with it God’s promise to love us and accompany us. Christ’s first miracle, changing
Think about the times that you’ve seen, made, or touched ashes. What did they look like? How did they smell? Ashes come from burning something: A pile of wood, a piece of paper, a cigarette. But ashes aren’t the same as glowing embers, or a blazing fire. They’re not hot, not alive, not yellow-orange. Ashes
I love the season of Lent because it just feels so true to me. In so many other areas of life, there is a pressure to “be okay.” Cheerfulness or stoicism on the surface masks more tender spots underneath. Not many people go around saying, “Wow, I feel really far from joy this week.” Or, “I
“If we take our full selves with us this evening to the proximity of the cross, we might ask how an unjust legal system and police forces continue to murder African-American males, including Stephon Clark? Or how xenophobia continues to sow distrust, anger, hate amongst God’s creation? Or how a sibling look can another sibling and say: you do not belong because of your sexuality.”
“For when we set our minds on divine things, when we do take up our cross for the sake of Jesus, and the sake of the gospel, for when we step into the boldness of the journey of lent, we find hope in the midst of this suffering. “
At St. Luke’s, we are blessed to have gifted preachers who are willing to help us open the scriptures each week. A few of our preachers are seminary students like Reed Fowler who wrote a powerful sermon given on March 18th. We invite you read visit their blog and check it out: a sermon on
“For the message of the cross is absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation, it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 Having read a fair number of mystery novels in my lifetime, I am quite often the annoying person who can name, within just a
As we prepare throughout these forty days for the joy of Easter, we are taking time to think deeply about our faith in the gospel – faith that can feel downright absurd…