Words for the Week — Lent #5

Psalm • Psalm 126 Old Testament • Isaiah 43:16-21 Gospel • Luke 20:9-19 New Testament • Philippians 3:8-14 As we studied the story of the Prodigal Son we found that the “older brother” was just as lost as the younger “prodigal” but he didn’t know it. The dangers of self-righteousness, judgmentalism and envy carry a…

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Words for the Week – Lent #4

This week marks the celebration of the Feast of St. Patrick. He was known as the apostle to the Irish andone of the most important missionaries of Christian history. Thomas Cahill (in his book How the Irish Saved Civilization) claims that if it weren’t for the work of Patrick, and his fellow missionaries and monks,…

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

This Saturday night we will celebrate our 3rd St. Patrick’s day dinner. Please join us for this special time of food, celebration, and learning about one of our most missional of forebears. We’ll have Irish music playing as we eat good Irish food, or at least, good food. I look forward to seeing you there.…

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Words for the Week: Lent #3

Lent is a time of repentance, a time of reflection and, in addition, it is a time of waiting. Last week’s Psalm reading (Ps. 27) ends with the injunction, “Wait upon the Lord.” This week’s Psalm extols God for his promise of deliverance, it is a Psalm of praise and full of joy. But the…

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Words for the Week: Lent #2

As we move toward this second week of Lent I want to encourage you to increase the amount of time you spend reflecting on Scripture. Do this throughout your day. Take time earlier in the day, over your lunch hour and in the evening. Remember, Lent is not about removing things from our lives but…

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Words for the Week: Lent Wk.#1

This Wednesday night, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a perfect time to step back, reflect upon one’s relationship with God, and renew that same relationship through repentance and fasting. Lent is not merely a time to subtract certain things from our life but it is also a time to add. Adding…

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Ash Wednesday … next week

The season of Lent will soon be upon us. Lent begins with the observance of Ash Wednesday, a service designed around the themes of repentance and preparation. The Lenten season was intended as a forty day season of preparation for one’s baptism on Easter morning. Today Christians observe Lent as means of deepening their dependence…

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