The Palm Sunday Crowd and the Good Friday Crowd

As we move from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, a lot of people wonder how the “Hosanna” of Palm Sunday gave way to the “Crucify him!”of Good Friday. How did the crowd go from praising Jesus to condemning him, all in a matter of days? Well, it didn’t. Because we are talking about two different…

On Being Overwhelmed

  The women go to the tomb with spices, the stone is already rolled away, and suddenly two men in dazzling clothes show up, say “Jesus is not here, but has risen,” and the women blunder off to tell the apostles “all this.”   The men regard the women’s talk as—it’s usually translated “an idle…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 15-20

Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Silence Read this meditation on “Dying with Christ” by Father Richard Rohr and practice silent/contemplative prayer in whatever manner you prefer. Music Links: ·         “Were you there” from Three Mo’ Tenors ·         “Beneath the cross of Jesus” acapella ·          “Stay with me”…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 8-16

*Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Traced Hand Prayer (For a description of this practice with a different scripture, and with a picture, see this previous post.) This practice is a prayerful reflection on Psalm 22:1-21. You will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 1-6

*Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Suggested Spiritual Practice: Daily Examen ·         Download the “Reimagining the Examen” app ·         Or find examen guidelines online  Music Links: ·         “Bless the Lord my soul” (Taize) ·         “Awake my Soul” (Mumford and Sons) ·         “Say a Prayer” (from Memphis) Call to…

Lenten Daily Prayers: March 25-30

*Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Colored pencil prayer: Offering and Receiving  Music Links: ·         Wait for the Lord (Taize) ·         You will be found (from Dear Evan Hansen) Call to Worship: (from Psalm 34) I will bless you, God, at all times; I will praise you with my…

Lenten Daily Prayers: March 18-23

Suggested Spiritual Practice: Plant something this week. Think about the gardener in the parable of the barren fig tree. What does it mean to be fruitful? What does it mean to tend beauty? Music Links: “O God, you are my God” (Choral arrangement) “Your love is better than life”  (Acapella) “Come Ye” (Sweet Honey in…

Lenten Daily Prayers: March 11-16

Please see the previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Visual Lectio Divina You can find a description and example of this practice here. Music Links: All will be well (contemporary song) The 23rd Psalm (Bobby McFerrin)  Call to Worship: Christ, you long to gather me under your wings. I…

Lenten Daily Prayers: March 6-9

Each week during Lent, I will post Lenten prayers. There are some suggested spiritual practices and music links for the week. Beginning with the call to worship, there is a daily prayer liturgy that you can follow on your own or with a group. The basic outline and prayers are the same throughout the week,…

Looking Toward Lent

It has been a long Epiphany season, but Lent is, finally, right around the corner. I asked my mom—also a pastor—if I could have some of her ashes this year and she just dropped off this tub of burnt palm leaves. So even if I live to be 100 and never retire, I am set…