Monthly Archives: March 2015

The roller coaster ride of Holy Week

Text: Mark 14 and 15 (the Passion of the Christ) In its seven days of ups and downs, Holy Week reveals the shape of our lives and helps to form our faith. On Palm Sunday, the first day, Jesus finally … Continue reading

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‘Deny, deny, deny:’ stumbling on the journey of Lent

Text: Mark 14:43-73 (betrayal, arrest, denial) Today’s Gospel reading ends with Peter’s denials of Jesus. Three times, Peter claims that he is not one of Jesus’ followers. It is part of a dark and serious story, of course. But to … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking on the journey of Lent

Text: Mark 14:26-42 (Jesus prays in Gethsemane) Near the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, we read of a storm on the Sea of Galilee that threatens the boat on which Jesus and his friends are sailing. The disciples wake … Continue reading

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From ashes to alms: the yin and yang of Lent

Text: Mark 14:1-11 (Jesus anointed at Bethany) Next week as we arrive for worship, we will be handed a letter asking us to consider the time and money we contribute to Mill Woods United Church. It will be accompanied by … Continue reading

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Guaranteed cure!

Text: Mark 8:27-38 (“take up your cross”) When I was interviewed for this position in September 2013, I told the Search Committee that I was confident I had good news to share. This seemed to go over well, and after … Continue reading

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