Sunday, March 10, 2013 — Lent 4C — Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
This party will serve first class food all the way. They will kill the fatted calf. We are not talking about cheese spread on stale crackers here or sliced cucumbers and a few olives on saltines. There will be fine wine and craft beer at an open bar. This party will serve the finest cuisine: roast duck, veal cutlet, filet mignon, Alaskan lobster and Cornish hen. The music is going to be more than a disk jockey playing noisy recorded pop music that is so loud than you can’t hear yourself talk. This party is going to have live music . . . . a chamber orchestra from the symphony, Joshua Bell with his violin, Bruce Springsteen with the E Street band and for those who like crooners, Michael Buble. They will even take your personal requests. There will be dancing for those who want to get out on the floor and move to the music. Of course, these days no one ever needs to have taken a class from Arthur Murray to be considered a dancer. Anyone can do the “chicken dance.” Although, some would be better off if they did not.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 — Lenten Vespers 3 — Matthew 27:15-26
We usually don’t think of Lenten hymns as love songs. Yet, that is exactly what our hymn this evening is. “My Song is Love Unknown” is a soulful and tender love song that wistfully recalls the suffering love of Christ on the cross. It is a love totally unique, a love the likes of which the world has never known . . . or sung.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 — Lent 3 C — Luke 13:1-9
I hate phone calls at three in the morning. No one calls at that time of the day unless something really bad has happened. One night it did. A sobbing mother told me that she found her infant dead in bed. The doctors said it was SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, that was not enough for the grieving mother. She wanted to know more. “Pastor, WHY? Why did this happen? What have I done to deserve this?”
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — Lenten Vespers 2 — I Corinthians 1:18-25
This soulful Lenten hymn calls our attention to the irony, the surprise, the utterly unexpected that it is at the heart of our Christian faith: the cross. There is nothing more ironic than the cross. It connects what would never seem to go together, things like laughter and sorry, life and death, blessing and curse. We gather beneath the cross of Jesus, the graphic reminder of our unworthiness and yet the supreme declaration of God’s love.
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Monday, February 25, 2013 — Memorial Service for Edythe Ritter — Philippians 2:9-11 / John 3:16-17
The ladies of this generation represented to me a sense of gracefulness, kindness and courtesy of which there seems to be much too little in our time. This world would be blessed by having more Edythe-s. God blessed her with over 91 years on this earth. That is a long life. Perhaps this is selfish, but for lives lived like hers, I wish there could be more.
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