Author Archives: lena

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.03.21

Liturgy God, in you we live and move and have our beingYou are the ground on which we walk,the light by which we see,the dust to which we will return. We invite the grounding elements ofcreation into our worship this morning:Earth, wind, water, light,Soil, trees, clouds, sun. Enter into these human-made rooms.Enter into these aching hearts. We pray in the […]

New Covenant

Sarah Berson reflects on what a new Covenant means for us and how the love of God is available for all of us even in the midst of the challenging year we have been collectively navigating [Jeremiah 31:31-34]. Reflection What grounds you? What are you moving from? What are you moving toward? Practice Think about the mile markers from this […]

Community Prayers 2021.03.14

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … Spring Break for all the teachers. Anslee community, learning, vaccines and affirmation. Lena … let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Prayers of Petition. For … our dog Clyde who has cancer, that he have affordable treatments to prolong his life as comfortably as possible, if it’s meant to be. Anslee my parents recovering […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.03.14

Liturgy Loving God, we come to this sacred time andspace today carrying hard and heavy burdens.Burdens of grief and loneliness, of depression and anxiety.Burdens of exhaustion, stress, and overwork. But we have good news! Your ways are not the ways of this world, andwhat we assume are weaknesses are actuallythe places where we find strength, fortitude, and hope. Allow us […]

Poison and Its Remedy

James Alison reflects on how Jesus’ death undoes the world of sacrifice from within [John 3:14-21]. Reflection Is Jesus’ death really a sacrifice? How did Jesus’ death undo our whole world of judgment and condemnation built on sacrifice? The little word “so” in the most famous verse in the Bible has two possible meanings. “For God loved the world so […]

Community Prayers 2021.03.07

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … the life of my Dad, who survived a heart attack on Thursday and is now on the mend. Dave the upcoming Spring Break for all teachers and students from such a trying year. Anslee the recovery of my dad & stepmom from COVID. MaryAnn the generosity and love our community has showered on my family […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.03.07

Liturgy God of breath and bone,remind us of the body’s wisdom.In this moment of screens and separation,ground us in the old song of tears and touch. We make many temples in this life,yet the temple you spoke of was your body. In a Lenten season marked by physical suffering and denial,remind us that from death comes new life:a heartbeat humming […]