Lent 1: The Need for Change
We face temptation as we discern what God really wants for us. This is part and parcel of being alive but knowing this and having faith in the power of God to resist temptation, that’s what sets us apart.
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.Read More
In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.Read More
We focus this RIC Sunday asking the question, “How do we advocate for our marginalized siblings and those who are the most vulnerable in the room?” It is a service to set our hearts and eyes to God, asking for grace and forgiveness, leading us to be the advocates in this world, and stand with the oppressed. Join us as we celebrate and proclaim God’s boundless love for all of God’s Beloveds!Read More