Christmas in April: The Happy Exchange

Christmas in April: The Happy Exchange

I wonder how Christmas instead of Easter became the season for a gift exchange. I suspect it has something to do with the timing of Christmas with year-end sales figures in a commercial society. That’s only a theory and you can ask my dear wife about some of the...
A Litany for the Final Days of Lent

A Litany for the Final Days of Lent

April 1st was the 23rd day of Lent. My prayer for you is that this season of Lent is giving you time to reflect on and deepen your relationship with God. This Lenten Litany, from the ELCA website, feels like a good reminder and a good reflection of where we have been...
Invitation to Lent

Invitation to Lent

Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy. We are created to experience...
The Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul

Appreciating St. Paul: the Appealing, Appalling, Apostolic, Apocalyptic Preacher of Christ Sisters and Brothers, A blessed Easter season to you! The fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a great time to explore the incredible message of God’s victory in Christ...
Easter 2018

Easter 2018

Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain; raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen; love is come again like wheat arising green. (— Text from Oxford Book of Carols, © Oxford University Press 1928. All rights...

Lent: Drawing Closer to God

O Lord, throughout these forty days you prayed and kept the fast; inspire repentance for our sin, and free us from our past.—ELW 319 For those of us who have been Lutherans all of our lives, we know what Lent is about! Simply take the Lutheran guilt you already feel,...