In my ( Widening Circles' ) church last Sunday, we had an enthusiastic substitute music minister who burst into a joyous ALLELUIA! before the reading of the Gospel. Our presider led her gently back to words more suitable for the season, but I have to admit that it was nice to have that momentary, if accidental, reminder of home for what lies beyond Lent as we draw nearer to its end.
Lent continues, though. Leah at Desert Spirit's Fire has spent the season facilitating a weekly class on the Theology of the Cross. In Cross Pieces she offers a few sometimes interconnected reflections about the Cross of Calvary, liminal places, times and ways of being, and the Reign of Heaven on earth: "What does the cross mean for each of us as individuals, for this church community, for our nearby neighbors?
Eternal Echoes draws on the analogy of Easter Sunday "Because it was a time of waiting, of deep grief and despair" as she shares thoughts on rural ministry in the UK in Acknowledging grief in times of change. As these small churches struggle with change and moving away from the past, they are finding that "in that laying down the old there has been and is grief, along with the sense that the new has not yet come..."
Gord at FollowingFrodo shares a Palm/Passion Sunday commissioning: "We go out secure in the knowledge of the God of justice goes with us every step of the path." He has also been musing on how to best solve the problem of people living in poverty.
Meanwhile, Kievas Fargo offers a video clip that explores the lighter side of church life at Sharing a Journey.
Natalie is back to blogging, and we have missed her! She is wishing she'd been born an Episcopalian...go see why.
reverend mommy writes about a little girl who set out to prove the existence of God, and concludes that "God keeps us in suspense so that thinking and talking and debating about God stays fresh in our minds and not dusty on a shelf."
Songbird has shared a lovely description of watching her children in performance.
Sue at Inner Dorothy offers a post that started out being a walk down memory lane & ended up as a reflection on ministry as she remembers her gymnastics days in Flipping Back Through the Years.
ScoG Blog has written about the death of a precious child. What's the right reaction? Rage? Grief? Celebrating this child's life is hard to do, except by believing that "death is not the end."
Deb at Another Unfinished Symphony has an ongoing rant on women, fashions, and raising daughters who aren't 3-D boy toy magnets at "So, Like, Where Do You Shop?" Deep into seminary work, Deb is also processing a lot; see here and here.
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