Category: church seasons

Palms, Crowds, and Crosses

Palm Sunday is about a different vision for the world, marked by justice, compassion, and peace, instead of injustice, oppression, and violence. Holy Week begins by asking us to choose which world we will live in.

Letting Go & Letting Come: A Litany for Ash Wednesday

As we approach the beginning of Lent I am reminded of how difficult it can be to find a litany for Ash Wednesday…

Famous Last Words: I Am Thirsty

For part one, click here.  For part two, click here.  For part three, click here.  For part four, click here. John 19v28, CEB After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” We come…

Famous Last Words: Why Have You Forsaken Me?

For part one, click here.  For part two, click here.  For part three, click here.  Mark 15:33-34, CEB From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which…

Famous Last Words: Don’t Forget Your Mother

For the First Word, click here. For the Second Word, click here. John 19:25-27 Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing…

Famous Last Words: Welcome To Paradise

For the first word, click here. Luke 23v39-43, CEB One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced…

Letting Go & Letting Come: An Ash Wednesday Litany

This year I created a litany for our Ash Wednesday gathering at MCC. I felt compelled to do this, because many of the confessions that are available (to my knowledge) tend to be anti-human. They play into a negative and unhelpful theology that says…

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