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Lent 2020

This year we have a unique lent experience because we have had to cancel worshiping together to protect ourselves and the community from the spread of the coronavirus. Here are the sermons from that times starting March 15, 2020 for your inspiration. Mar. 29  Fifth Sunday in Lent   Death and Life in the Wilderness by Rev.June Fothergill Ezek. 37: 1-14  Dry Bones John 11: 1-45  Raising of Lazarus     I grew up in Idaho so am very used to the desert.  Some people thing that the desert is without life. When they drive through it in their cars all they see is rocks and a few scrubby plants. But those of us who live in the desert know that here are a wide variety of plants, animals and other life forms that populate what looks like wasteland.  We see the vole and the coyote, the sage brush and the sycamore, the snakes and the lizards.     But the wasteland that Ezekiel saw was not like the desert of my childhood. It was a valley of dry bones!  The bones of people who had not been properly buried!  A shameful and depressing place. A place where all life had left long ago.  Hopeless.    One of the struggles many of us have with our current situation of physical distancing is that we cannot see the end.  No one really knows how long this strange quarantine will be needed or last. Our bishop who lives in one of the nearby hot spots as told us for all of April. But other events have been put off till summer or fall.  Not knowing when this will be over can lead to a sense of discomfort and even hopelessness.   The other struggle with this time is that although the numbers are still going up of those who we know have the virus, we don’t yet see the impact of the illness itself all around us, only the impact of our quarantine.  There is an unreality about the whole experience.  Of course that could change, as more people get really sick. BUT this time of physical distancing is for the purpose of reducing the numbers of people who get really sick.  We shall see.   Meanwhile, we live in a strange new world.  Many of the ways we are used to receiving and giving spiritual nourishment are dried up.  It may not be a dry bones valley but it has its own strange dryness.    So into the dry bones valley of the people, the prophet Ezekiel was called by God to speak.  He was called to speak a word of life to the dead.  Can these bones live God...

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Lent Scriptures

Lent is the six weeks before Easter.  Our theme for Lent this year is Bridges and Rivers of Compassion This Lent, we look to God’s creation to help us find our way on our spiritual journey.  We seek God’s presence to help us grow in compassion.  God’s spirit is the flowing waters of the river of life touching us all.  Bridges allow us to connect with compassion to folks on all sides of the river. This Lent as we connect with scripture and with God’s creation, may we find ways to also connect with others in new and compassionate ways. February 22    Genesis 9: 8-17  Noah Psalm 25: 1-10 1 Peter 3: 18-22 Mark 1: 9-15 March 1  Genesis 17:1-7;15-16  covenant with Abraham Psalm 22: 23-31 Romans 4: 13-25 Mark 8: 31-38 Peter’s confession/ discipleship  March 8 Exodus 20: 1-17  ten commandments Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25 John 2: 13-22  Jesus cleansing temple  March 15 Numbers 21:4-9  bronze serpent/ healing Psalm 107: 1-3,17-22  healing of God Ephesians 2: 1-10 John 3: 14-21   God so loved world/ like Moses ( above) March 22 Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Psalm 51: 1-12 or Psalm 119: 9-16 Hebrews 5: 5-10 March 29   Palm/ Passion Sunday Mark 11: 1-11 Palms Mark 14:1-15:47 Psalm 31: 9-16 Holy Week Maundy Thursday Meal and Ceremony  6:00 p.m. Good Friday prayer vigil  7 p.m- 3:00 p.m. Done a home April 5   Easter John 20: 1-18 Psalm 118:1-2,14-24 Acts 10:...

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