Lent

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eleven

Sometimes in my life, a phrase or image or prayer is echoed around me in unexpected ways. And sometimes, like in this prayer of St. Teresa, it is like manna for the journey. I was first introduced to this prayer through the beautiful Taize service held each month in our community.

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Lenten Evensong: Cantata 106 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Sunday, March 26 | 5pm

Coventry Choir, Soloists (Kelci Hahn, Serena Eichhorn, Daniel Ramon, Vincent Robles) and Instrumental Ensemble present Johann Sebastian Bach’s exquisite  and poignant Cantata No. 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit,  (God’s Time Is The Best of All) and plainsong Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.

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Gnaw On This: The Third Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Third Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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Lenten Meditation: Day Ten

Jesus was a revolutionary zealot. This truth might have been nearly lost to history, but it is re-emerging with greater frequency and deep ferocity. As intersectional revolutionary movements of liberation spring up throughout our nation and around the world, we are meeting once again the historical Jesus who was convicted of sedition and executed by the state. And we are realizing he has a claim on our life that is deeply entwined with liberation and justice for all.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Nine

As we prepare to celebrate Easter on April 16 this year, it is very probable that we are already starting to think about how to celebrate that special day. For sure that a big part of the celebration includes a meal, and getting together with friends and family. Some people even go all the way to wear that special Easter outfit, decorate their homes, etc.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eight

My Lenten book group is reading the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality.” In Latin, the Official title is: Laudoto Si, mi’ Signore – a quote from his chosen namesake that translates to “Praise be to you my Lord.” I must confess that if I were writing a book on this topic, its title would be more along the lines of “Oh my God! What now?!” or “Dear Lord, we’re all doomed!”

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Gnaw on This: The Second Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this Sunday with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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Lenten Meditation: Day Four

The outward and visible signs of the shift into the Lenten season that began with the ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday continue with the hymns we sing and the prayers we pray through the forty days until Easter.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Three

I have a “to do” list that is filled with all sorts of things, as I am sure you do, too. And the truth is, no matter how many closets, cabinets, drawers, and sheds that I organize and clean — and no matter how many protests I attend or phone calls I make to be part of the sacred resistance … the knot that I have in my stomach is still going to be there. What knot? The one that has been growing in my stomach for the past several months, or if I really wanted to be honest with myself, it has been there for a very long time.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Two

Giving up something for Lent is one time honored choice for a spiritual discipline during the forty day journey to Easter. So is taking something on. This year I’ve decided to take on rather than give up … and here’s a reprise of the Huffington Post piece I wrote explaining how I made that choice.

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Tonglen for Lent

March 11 & March 18

by Christina Honchell

The first time I heard the word “Tonglen” was in an Ed Bacon sermon, and when he described it, I almost fell out of my chair. My first thought was “he must have this wrong.” My second thought was, “oh goodness, I’ve been doing this wrong all my life.”

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Gnaw on This: The First Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this Sunday with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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