Monthly Archives: March 2016

I have seen the Lord! Easter 2016

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens used with permission

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens
used with permission

Morsels & Stories: Why colour Easter eggs?  I tell the story of Mary Magdalene’s red eggs.

 

Sermon: Mary runs to tell the apostles, “I have seen the Lord!”  Just as Mary, Hannah, and Miriam also proclaimed God’s miracles.

 

The lessons for today be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 20:1-18.

 

 

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A Day for Pain, Good Friday 2016

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens used with permission

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens
used with permission

Today we commemorate Jesus’s death on the cross, an agonizing death on a day full of pain.

 

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

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Ready? Maundy Thursday 2016

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens used with permission

Triduum Triptych by Jo Nygard Owens
used with permission

We remember a meal which remembered a meal.  Are we ready for what follows?

 

 

The lessons for tonight can be found by clicking here.  I worked with Ex 12:1–4, (5–10), 11–14 and Jn 13:1–17, 31b–35.

 

 

 

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Washing Feet, remembered

A brief snippet from a longer piece I’m working on:

In seminary our liturgy professor told my class that the Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, preach themselves.  And I knew that it was true. 

I remember the liturgy, but not what my priest said about it, not how it was presented, not how the logistics happened (even now I have to look things up and walk through it in my head).  My memory simply holds the story of this days, more than the details.

It must’ve been middle school when I first attended this liturgies.  I remember watching the women in the choir slip off shoes and knee high pantyhose.  For my middle school, engineer raised self, this was insight into the mystery of womanhood and sudden equality with people I looked up to.  Somehow, tonight, we became more alike than not.
I remember strangers, for all that we’d worshipped together for half a decade or more, handling my o-so-sensitive feet kindly and gently—unlike my brothers who still delighted in tickling me breathless. 

And I still walk away from the simplicity of chairs, basins, towels, and water wondering how they add up to so very much.

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

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Morsels and Stories: Eucharist (part 6)

Jesus PrayerMorsels & Stories:  We conclude our series on Eucharist by talking about prayers before and after.  Also some tips on how and how not to receive.

The prayers I read from the 1979 BCP:

Before Receiving Communion
Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, as you were present with your disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of bread; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

After Receiving Communion
O Lord Jesus Christ, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left
unto us a memorial of thy passion: Grant us, we beseech
thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and
Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of
thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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Are we willing? Lent 5 2016

willing to buildMorsels & Stories: Continuing our lenten exploration of Eucharist, we talked about why we use wine, along with how not to partake of the wine.

 

Sermon:  In a Gospel full of scandalous things, Jesus says, “You will always have the poor with you.” Do we still hear the old challenge to change the world so that poverty ends?

If you want to know more about Edmonton’s plans to end poverty, check out www.endpovertyedmonton.ca.

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 12: 1-8.

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A God of Relationship, Lent 4 2016

Restored relationshipMorsels & Stories:  In our continuing discussion of Eucharist, I talked about bread and many of the levels of significance that lie behind the bread we share in Eucharist.

 

Sermon:  The son comes home, deserving nothing, and is received with joy.

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Lk 15:1–3.

 

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