Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ashes.
Come to think of it, ashes are bewildering. They are frightening, proof of the destructive power of fire, a final statement of something gone, someone lost. Ashes are not part of everyday life, not since we’ve stopped using wood or coal in our homes.

Wildfires destroy communities, ashes fill the air miles and miles away, spreading the breaking apart, the tearing up, making it difficult and dangerous to breathe far far away.

I remember the towers of the World Trade Center imploding, disintegrating into clouds of ashes. People, the whole world that day covered in ashes. Continue reading

Sunday Forum

9:45 a.m. in the parish hall

Our Sunday Forum series will explore multiple methods of prayer each week that you are invited to “try on” as possibilities to begin or to enrich your own daily spiritual practice.

March 10: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina
Lectio Divina: Reading with the Ear of the Heart
Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice in which one reads a small passage of scripture, trusting in God’s presence and relevance in daily experience.  Lectio Divina is not about acquiring head knowledge of Scripture, but is about a personal encounter with the heart of God inspiring one’s attention and already praying through the reader.

Visio Divina: Seeing with the Eye of the Heart
Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina, inviting one to encounter the divine through images.  A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the sacred in unique and powerful ways.

March 17: Centering Prayer and Walking Meditation
This session in the Lenten discussion of prayer and meditation will focus on two other ways to simply show up with God. One is quiet and still while the other gets us moving in our meditation.    Continue reading

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany February 24, 2019

Karin Liebster , Associate Pastor

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Love your enemies. Do good, bless, pray.
Sisters and brothers, we are asked to cut loose and trust. Cut loose the weight on our shoulders and in our hearts that we carry with us in the sagas and dramas of our family histories, and in the weight we feel in the tribal, uncompromising fights of our time. Continue reading

Sermon for C Transfiguration Sunday – March 3, 2019

Duane Larson     Christ the King Lutheran Church     Houston, TX

Based on Ex. 34:29-35; 2 Cor. 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a
The funny thing about Christianity–and by “funny” I do not first mean comical–is that even from its inception in texts like all of today “transfiguration stories” the veil over human minds means that every Christian gets it both right and wrong. We hear the Good News of God’s wonderful grace that sets us free from all self-concern so better to care for the wellbeing of our neighbors and we Christians even do it for a time. Then, maybe the next week day our itchy ears and need for control lead us to give even loyalty for a time to people whose words could not be further from the gospel. It is as if we have that mystical mountaintop high which we want to hold for ever and then at the foot of that very same mountain we can’t understand why we can’t fix the world’s problems. Sometimes it seems as if the whole human race has gone epileptic. Continue reading