Adventures in Bethany! (Sermon, April 2, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late post, I have been preparing for Holy Week (it is next week, can you believe it?), and the week has kind of run away from me.  I love Holy Week, the services are so different and quiet and somber, just great.  I am really excited to go through Holy Week and Easter at my new parish.

Anyway, the story from April 2nd was the resurrection of Lazarus, brother to Martha and Mary of Bethany.  Take a listen:

John 11:1-45, Sermon, Lent 5, Year A, April 2, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Making Mud! (Sermon, March 26, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This past Sunday was Lent 4, and we heard the story about how Jesus made the man born blind, see (John 9:1-41).  It was also Laetare Sunday, aka Rejoice Sunday, aka Mothering Sunday, aka Respite Sunday.  Laetare means “to rejoice” and this Sunday is meant as a little respite for pilgrims during Lent.  Traditionally, we would change from purple vestments to rose (let’s just call it pink, because it is pink), in order to brighten things up.  At St. Anne’s we do not have rose colored vestments, but Fr. Kenny does!

Eat your heart out Molly Ringwald….

The only other day to wear rose is on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Laudaute Sunday), that is where the pictures of Kenny come from.

Anyway, here is the sermon for this week.  Where does illness come from the disciples ask?  (HINT: not sin or God, that’s for sure.)

John 9:1-41, Sermon, Lent 4, Year A, March 26, 2017

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-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at the Well! (Sermon, March 19, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Now we have passed the 3rd Sunday in Lent, how many of you are still keeping your Lenten devotions?  So far, I am, amazingly!  Anyway, this week’s story from John (4:5-42) is familiar, and loooooong.  I applaud my crucifers for holding the cross high during the whole reading.  Here Jesus meets the Samaritan women at the well and talks to her.  What happens next (or what doesn’t happen)?  Take a listen:

Click through to YouTube, text John 4:5-42

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with John 3:16! (Sermon, March 12, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late posting, this week just ran away from me, and we had a snow day!

March 12th was the 2nd Sunday in Lent and featured a reading that contains 2 very popular “bumper sticker” phrases.  But, we warned, taking Scripture out of context can cause harm, remember that nothing ever happens in a vacuum, take a listen (click through to YouTube):

John 3:1-17 – Sermon, Lent 3, Year A, March 12, 2017

Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has a safe St. Patrick’s Day on Friday!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in the Desert! (sermon March 5, 2017)

Hello Everyone!

March 5th was the First Sunday of Lent.  I love Lent, it gets a bad rap as a depressing time, but it really isn’t.  It is a time to rededicate yourself to Christ through prayer, learning, and yes, fasting.  It doesn’t have to be a depressing time, it can be an enriching time.  Also, purple is my favorite color, so I love the vestments, ha!

The story for the first Sunday is always the same, Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  The tempter comes and urges Jesus to make bread from stones, to jump off a cliff, and to take power over all the nations.  What is at stake here is not only what it seems on the surface, resisting temptation.  This is a story about power and identity, and how we choose to use it.  Take a listen:

Matthew 4:1-11, click here to listen on YouTube

Don’t forget that March 12th is Daylight Savings Time!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures on Retreat!

Hello Friends,

Last week I went to the Diocese of Massachusetts Pre-Lenten Clergy Retreat.  It was around 2 days spent at the Notre Dame convent in Ipswich, MA (click here).  Upon arriving, I discovered 3 things, no cell phone service (gasp), terrible Wifi (double gasp), and that the retreat was SILENT (triple GASP!).  Now, it may have been noted in the sign up that it was silent, but other newcomers were also surprised.  However, in the end, it was a good thing.

Not having cell service and only having  poor internet was also a good thing, except I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to call my husband, which started hours of me trying to at least a text to him to tell him that I couldn’t call.  It was also a problem when I realized that I made a big mistake in the bulletin and couldn’t call my admin to tell her, but, you know, it was great to be disconnected.  Technology in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but our obsession with it can be.  So a day or so without talking, phones, and internet was just what I needed to get ready for Lent.

The speaker taught us about how art and poetry link to Scripture, and we even wrote our own poems and created some art (even though my art is at the level of a 2nd grader).  Overall it was a great retreat, of course Fr. Kenny was there too!

Kenny and Fern check out the view from our room.

Kenny and Fern check out the view from our room.

Kenny filled in on piano.

Kenny filled in on piano.

Waiting for the speaker to begin.

Waiting for the speaker to begin.

My artistic rendering of Psalm 95.

My artistic rendering of Psalm 95.

I did a lot of exploring around the grounds and found a lot of depictions of St. Julie of Billiart The founder of the Sister of Notre Dame de Nemur (click here for more info).  She promoted the idea that God is indeed good.  I can get on board with that.

St. Julie teaches a child.

St. Julie teaches a child.

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St. Julie and the Virgin Mary

St. Julie and the Virgin Mary

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are enjoying a holy Lent!

~Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Transfiguration! (Sermon, Feb. 26, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This past Sunday was the last Sunday after the Epiphany and we heard the story of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain top from Matthew.  Peter wants to build structures to house Jesus, Moses, and Elijah forever, thus totally missing the point.  God also scolds Peter for not listening, not taking the time to be still and listen for God.  We can most definitely relate to Peter this week,  take a listen:

Click here for YouTube (no embed today)

The photo on the video today was taken by me!  This is the view from the top of the mountain in Pergamon, overlooking the ancient amphitheater and the modern city of Bergama.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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