Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

Ash Wednesday is next week, March 6. We have prepared an Ash Wednesday prayer service for those of you who cannot make it to church or who would like to celebrate with the homebound or those in nursing homes. If you have a little bit of palm from last Palm Sunday, burn it to makeContinue reading “Ash Wednesday Prayer Service”

Are We Rome?

  Happy Holy Week to you, one and all. On Palm Sunday, we imagined Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. We wondered what this procession of palms may have looked like. Was it to fulfill a prophecy? How many people caught the reference to Zachariah in the moment? Was it, as Crossan and BorgContinue reading “Are We Rome?”

Gospel Reflection for April 13, 2014, Palm/Passion Sunday

About three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud tone, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”  This means, “My God, my God.  Why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27.46 The events of the passion test and manifest Jesus’ love for God, for the world, for his friends, and for the community that still gathers in his name. Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 13, 2014, Palm/Passion Sunday”

A New Lent

At my grandparents’ house, yellowed palm leaves were seemingly ever-present behind the silver-framed mirror that hung on the wall near their front door. Immediately after Palm Sunday, the palms would add a splash of green to the mauves and light blues of the room. Yet as the church year wore on, the palms would fadeContinue reading “A New Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 24, Palm/Passion Sunday

 “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.”  After Jesus said this, he died. Luke 23.46 How can a man who is crucified be God’s messiah who comes to save people and bring them new life?  Jesus, who dies the death of a criminal, isn’t even powerful enough to save himself.  The first Christian preachersContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 24, Palm/Passion Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday

Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Mark 11.9 Holy Week begins by celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with palms and songs that express honor and praise.  In the Palm Sunday gospel and in the “Holy, Holy, Holy” at every Eucharist, Christians identify Jesus as the one who comesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday”