Three Feasts

Three Feasts

This Sunday begins a series of three feast days in the church year. These three feast days are deeply connected to one another. Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Technically, the feast of the Ascension occurred on Thursday. We are told in Acts 1:3 that...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Every summer as part of my vacation planning, I pick out two or three books that I want to read on vacation. This summer I am looking forward to reading a novel by Walker Percy and a collection of short stories by Flannery O’Connor. Sometimes I choose fun novels...
Palms for Ashes

Palms for Ashes

In the church I grew up in, the ashes used for Ash Wednesday came from the palms of Palm Sunday. It was a real labor of love on the part of the altar guild. You wouldn’t think that ashes are difficult to make, but actually it’s an involved process. You don’t get a lot...
Preparing to Prepare

Preparing to Prepare

In 10 days, we will enter a new season in the Church year: Lent. On March 1, we will observe Ash Wednesday. We will mark our foreheads with ashes and begin 40 days of giving, fasting, and praying in the wilderness with Jesus. Lent is a season of preparation for...
Learning to Pray in the School of Jesus

Learning to Pray in the School of Jesus

In three weeks we will enter a new church season: Lent. During Lent, the church has traditionally focused on three spiritual disciplines from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). These spiritual disciplines are praying, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to the poor)....