Dear friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by remembering our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes, an ancient sign, speaking of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and marking the penitence of the community as a whole. I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God. Let us kneel before our Creator and Redeemer.
St Peter’s has a mid-week service and have been working toward recording and occasionally posting those sermons. My mid-week sermons are often shorter and closer to extemporaneous. This year the Feast of Holy Cross Day fell on a Wednesday.
Morsels & Stories: We spend some time talking about our favourite parts of Scripture.
Because this was interactive and personal, much of it may not have recorded well. I’d invite you to ponder the questions yourself in those times.
Sermon: It’s all about the party.
The lessons for today can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 15:1-10.
Morsels & Stories: I talked about where “Alleluia” comes from and what the Hebrew word means. I wrote the Hebrew out in large print for the congregation, but the wikipedia page (here) also has the Hebrew text.
Sermon: Why today’s Gospel had me thinking about The Princess Bride all week.
At the end of the service I made an announcement about what I’ll be doing for the next four weeks. More here.
Today’s lessons can be found here. I worked most closely with John 13:31–35.