Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017 - Easter Day / the Feast of the Resurrection

Read the lessons here.

Listen to the sermon.

When my children were babies, I made up lullabies for them that repeated their names over and over. The sound of their names, sung gently and lovingly, soothed them to sleep many nights.  Those lullabies, naming them, telling them how they would grow up strong and brave, broke through many moments of anger and fear and frustration.  Even today, as they are both in elementary school, those same lullabies comfort and relax them.
Something about hearing our own name, spoken gently and tenderly, stops us short, calls us out of our fear and panic, and brings us back into our true selves.  Reminds us who we are, at our core.  Whether it is God calling us by name, beloved and chosen, at our baptism – or a parent singing us to sleep – hearing our name spoken in love breaks through to us.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017 - the 5th Sunday in Lent

Readings for the Day.

Listen to the Sermon.

I have found myself thinking lately about the prayer cycle of a holy Lent.  It’s the three-part cycle that is mentioned in the Invitation to a Holy Lent that we read on Ash Wednesday.  The cycle of self-examination and repentance; action as a result of that self-examination, and; listening to the Word of God.  Spending time with Scripture inevitably leads to thinking about the connection between the Word and our lives, and so the cycle begins again.  Self-examination, prayer, Scripture.  Self-examination, fasting, listening for God.