Lent 7:Living Water

by Andrea “Angie” Stackhouse Readings: Psalm 32, Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28, Matthew 18:10-14 Consider Isaiah 32:1-2 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the...

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Lent 6-Heart in God Empowered

by Cathi Jones Readings: Psalm 32, Genesis 4:1-16, Hebrews 4:14—5:10 “In Jesus we see our brokenness compassionately exposed and our deepest heart in God empowered.” Tilden Edwards One New Year’s Eve, I felt especially unable to live the life I was called to live as a child of God and...

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Lent 5-Journey to the Desert

Kristen Kane-Osorto Readings: Psalm 32, 1 Kings 19:1-8, Hebrews 2:10-18 During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we journeyed to St. George’s Monastery, which is inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks and honored as the site of this story of Elijah. It was humbling to imagine walking in the footsteps of...

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Lent 4: Beloved Community

by Krista Sickert-Bush Readings: Psalm 51, Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 18:1-7 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, O Lord, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of your salvation...

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Lent 3: Clean Hearts

by Kathryn Perry Readings: Psalm 51, Jonah 4:1-11, Romans 1:8-17 Create in me a clean heart, O God;  and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 The shining transfiguration of Jesus is the last feast prior to Ash Wednesday. The apostles are astonished to see their rabbi glowing brightly...

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Lent 2: Don’t Wait

by Karen Weaver Readings: Psalm 51, Jonah 3:1-10, Romans 1:1-7 Imagine playing hide-and-go-seek in the desert. Could you hide behind a cactus? The people of Nineveh could not hide from God’s gaze and He could see their sins. Just as David knew that God had seen the “full extent of...

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Lent 1-Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday Pastor Karen Brau Readings: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 In the second Chapter of Joel, we hear that the prophet calls us to a special time of returning to the Lord that involves practices that help the people move...

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Lent: Desert Spaces

Our theme for this Lent, Desert Spaces, comes from a devotion authored by Sister Joan Chittister, so we borrow from one of the wisest spiritual guides of our day. Sister Joan calls us this Lent into a space to receive ancient teaching from the Desert Mothers and Fathers, nuns and...

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