Archives for March 2015

Weekly ePistle 3/25/15

Thoughts from Lori

The spring snow has come and mostly gone, and now Holy Week is upon us. Sunday – the Sunday of the Passion, or Palm Sunday – is here. It’s a liturgically dramatic day; one which begins with Hosannas! as Christ enters Jerusalem and ends with silence at the foot of the cross. The entire week, in fact, is a drama; one in which we not only recall and remember the events of the Passion, but share in it, relive it year after year. We do this because these are the core events of our history, the core events of our identity as Christians.

In the same way, then, that the Church invited us to “a holy Lent,” I invite you to Holy Week. Enter into the drama as a way to bring your Lenten discipline to its conclusion and to prepare for the ultimate celebration of the Resurrection: Easter. If you fell short of your Lenten fast or plans, or if you never got around to creating one, Holy Week is an opportunity to engage in a shorter but even more powerful spiritual journey: one that leads from the cross to the empty tomb.

Our complete Holy Week schedule is listed below. May this sacred season bless you and fill you with peace and, when Easter comes – as it always does – with joy!


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Weekly ePistle 3/18/15

Thoughts from Lori

Instead of hearing from me today, I thought you might like to hear from Bill. He is continuing to serve The Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva, and this is an excerpt from his sermon this past Sunday. Enjoy. 

For we are what [God] has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:1-10

It is hard to realize that every human being, even every animal and plant, in God’s creation is made for good-no matter how we judge them.  Our peace of mind comes when we make the same decision about ourselves.  When, as the Ash Wednesday petition puts it, “we put aside our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves” — and conversely, those we judge as less fortunate.

The bottom line about being a Christian is accepting our place as a child of God.  When we do this, we accept a community that includes all sorts and conditions of life.  In this, we do two things.  [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 3/11/15

Thoughts from Lori

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how the sun and the warmth in the air have revived us all! Of course, I’ve been in the mid-West long enough that I don’t trust March – or even April – to stay this way. But it gives us hope, doesn’t it, that spring will come.

In the same way, we’re about half-way through Lent, and we have the promise that the Resurrection will come. It came long ago, and it comes again, not only in the liturgical sense, but in our lives. If your life is anything like mine, you’ve experienced many deaths – whether they be literal or figurative – and hopefully, many resurrections. Life does return; life is regenerated year after year. [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 3/4/15

Spring Ahead!

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this weekend!

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, March 7th at 8:00 a.m. at Kim & Patty’s

Thoughts from Lori

Can you name the Ten Commandments? The reading from the Hebrew Scriptures this coming Sunday will be from Exodus 20 – the giving of the Ten Commandments. Do you know which one is the longest; the one with the most detailed exhortation? It’s the fourth one: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.” It ends with, “..the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.” Along with the other nine Commandments, this is not a request. It’s a mandate, an order, a charge. Do this! [Exodus 20:1-17]

But by and large, we’ve lost the sense of keeping sabbath. People in the ancient world of Palestine lived lives of basic subsistence; that is, their survival depended on daily labor, either theirs or their servant/slaves. And note that the command to keep a day of rest applied to their slaves as well; even the cattle and such! So while we tend to think of sabbath time as rest, which it is, of course, it was more than that. To take time away from the daily work of providing for their necessities represented their ultimate trust in God to ensure their survival. [Read more…]