Beep, beep, beep...is it working? Sorry for the lateness of this Festival, but my computer has been oppressing me again.
Because we skipped regular postings last week due to Holy Week, I have an extra helping of bloggy goodness for us all!
Almost Reverend Anjel writes a meditation on war and faith from the site of Pickett's charge at the Gettysburg battlefield.
Mother Laura reflected on two joyous Holy Week times here and here, and then, on the somber side, a Holy Thursday reflection about how preaching the cross can help -- or hurt -- victims of sexual violence.
Here are some thoughts from Sally on embracing a holistic view. And Mompriest offers powerful thoughts about transformation!
I moved from Holy Week angst to Easter joy in a most unexpected way.
Christine at Abbey of the Arts has decided to practice resurrection during the Easter season! Go find out what she's planning, and see some amazing flowers, too.
April shares her vision of the Risen Christ!
More Cows shared a wonderful Easter sermon!
Music and Ministry
LutheranHusker wrote a hymn for his congregation's 75th anniversary (on Palm Sunday!) You can find the sheet music AND an audio file here! You are welcome to use, but he'd like to know if you do.
And on a very sad musical note, LadyBurg's organist passed away. She wrote movingly about it here and here, and about his memorial service here. Thank you for sharing this friend with us.
Milton writes a thoughtful piece that grew from a friend asking him to comment on a church dealing with a twice-convicted sex offender who was asking for membership.
Leah shares a Eucharistic Prayer/Great Thanksgiving/Canon she wrote for Maundy Thursday for your enjoyment and use if you wish.
Bethquick gives us a study revealing how ministers spend their time at work, and how much time they spend.
It's all about the Visuals
Kirsten has photos of her recent mission trip to New Orleans. And FrogBlog somehow found a photo of...The Easter Bunny!
Gannet Girl's got a word picture of Holy Week at the beach and real photos of an Easter Snowstorm.
Lorna's been writing about women in ministry in Finland, and so has Miapappi.
April is having a contest! Go and play! I predict this one will be very popular, especially as the deadline is April 15 (and we all need a little diversion from those taxes -- right?!)
Gallycat has had some bad news about her health: a diagnosis of either spinal arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Please send up prayers for her and for her Dear Future Husband (DFH) as they move through this, and as they prepare to close on their awesome new home April 26!
What's Coming Up?
If any of you out there are interested in helping with RGBP tasks (such as posting the Wednesday Festival, Friday Five, etc.) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to have new folks involved, and some people are getting ready for - mmm - a little rest.
The Festival of Homiletics is coming, too, in Nashville at the end of May! I've only read about this via RevGal blogs, but I'd give my eyeteeth to go. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm gonna get to (not being a preacher)! However, if YOU are going, give a holler in the comments, and let's see if a meetup can't get happening. (It may already be...I don't know! If that's the case, let us know that, too.)
Anyone I missed? Forget to nominate yourself or a favorite post? you know what to do: list it in the comments!
Wishing every one of us the joys of Easter this week!