A Call to Lent

Liturgy from The Book of Common Prayer Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole … Continue reading A Call to Lent

Traditions and Remembering

The Nutcracker ballet holds a special place in our family.  Many of the familiar music pieces were used in Susan and my wedding.  Little did we know that our oldest would be a ballerina and perform in the Nutcracker for the past 8 years (see above picture for a glimpse!).  You see, the ballet has become more than event, it has become a tradition in our household.  It is something that brings us great joy as we reconnect over shared experiences. While many people may look down on traditions as idolizing the past, in the best sense of the word, … Continue reading Traditions and Remembering

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Romans 16:25–27 25 Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. 26 But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him. 27 All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.  (underline mine) AN ADVENT PRAYER I want to be strong.  I want to stay in the … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Friday, Dec 15th

Psalm 126:1 (RSV) When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. 4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb! 5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy! 6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Friday, Dec 15th