Lent II: Enter the Water
II Kings 5: 1-3, 7-15 (Naaman) and Matthew 14: 22-33 (Peter and Jesus walk on water)
The children line up all along the edge, feet dangling, faces a variety of expressions. Some were eager, hardly able to wait for the moment that the instructor would tell them to enter the water. Others were looking anxiously for their parents, afraid of the moment when they would hear the whistle to enter the water. And, of course, every variety of expression in-between: boredom, quiet anticipation, resignation. And then the whistle blew, and the children jumped, slid or tentatively edged into the water. Afraid, afraid of being afraid, afraid to admit being afraid, and afraid it wouldn’t work… Read more on our blog.
Lent I: Seeking Life
Readings: Isaiah 55: 1-5 and John 4: The Woman at the Well
As children, we think it is fun to search for things. Hide & Seek is an early favorite. Scavenger hunts create opportunities to find things in teams, and then there is the youth favorite – sardines. In case you don’t know this game – one person hides and as the others find that person, they join them in the hiding place until the last person finds them. It can get cozy – hence the name, Sardines. All of these games have as their object to find something, or a variety of things, that are hidden or unavailable. We want something more… Read more on our blog.
Ash Wednesday: In the Desert
Readings: Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17 and Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Lament has fallen out of favor. Ash Wednesday loses place to Valentine’s Day. We’re better at celebration than lament. When we are personally in a time of lament, people want us to “get over it” or tell us “it could be worse.” At church, there are fairly regular complaints about doing detailed prayers of confession –“ it’s just so negative.:” It’s as if, especially when the world seems so very troubled and injustice is the order of the political day, that we want to come to come to church like little blue Smurfs skipping down the aisles and singing “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in my heart…” Read more on our blog.