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Lenten Blog
Lent 2015

Lent 2015

Worship and Activities During Lent 2015 February 18 Ash Wednesday 7pm in the Sanctuary February 22 First Sunday in Lent February 25 Centering Prayer & Meditation* 7-8pm in the CE Commons March 1 Second Sunday in Lent Reception of New Members March 4 Centering Prayer & Meditation March 8 Third Sunday in Lent Building Rededication Ceremony March 11 Centering Prayer & Meditation March 14 Getting Real With God** Reclaiming the Christian Spiritual Practice of Lament 8am-2pm in the Pearson Room March 15 Fourth Sunday in...
Lent: What's It Really All About?

Lent: What’s It Really All About?

If you can believe it, Wednesday 2/18 marks the beginning of Lent. As you begin thinking about what this season might hold for you, read this post by Acting Minister Alex Shea Will about the differences between what Lent is, and what Lent isn’t… Ah, Lent. Those 40 days stuck in-between Mardi Gras and one of those Sundays lots of people go to church. It can be a confusing time. “Why are people walking around with dirty foreheads?” “How do I figure out what I’m...
Holy Week 2014

Holy Week 2014

  Worship During Holy Week The heart of Christian Faith is experienced in compressed fashion during the seasons of Lent and Easter. During Lent we rmember the life and teachings of Jesus, and Easter is the culmination of God’s work in and through his death and resurrection. We hope that you will join us often for the 8 days between Palm Sunday and Easter. April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday morning worship at 10 am Morning worship begins with a palm procession for children of all...
Prayerful Hands

Prayerful Hands

March 27, 2014 Lenten Devotional by Pam Cochrane Do you pray with your hands?  Knitting, cooking, kneading, painting, writing, doodling, carving, digging, building, all are forms of creative prayer and meditation.   As spring emerges and Marathon Day in Boston approaches, the prayerful work of many knitters  will dawn thousands of runners as Old South Church gathers again to offer the runners blessings and scarves. “As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing approaches, members of Boston’s Old South Church United Church of Christ...
On My Lenten Journey

On My Lenten Journey

March 26, 2014 Lenten Devotional by Pam Cochrane Have you ever taken a look at the paths you travel each day.  For many of us, the daily commute, walk, run or drive takes us on the same road, the same path often worn and predictable.  I have traveled the same roads in my car, daily, for years, actually decades  but I rarely think about all that I have missed in traveling to my destination. Often rushing, hardly conscious to even the task of driving, I...
Handwork as Prayer

Handwork as Prayer

March 24, 2014 Lenten Devotional by Nancy Rottman Sunday night @ the Well we answered the question, “Does prayer change anything?”  We explored how the things we do with our hands such as fabric crafting, and the things we do with our feet such as walking a labyrinth are ancient meditative prayer practices.  We discovered that yes, prayer changes something.  Prayer changes us and the world in which we live.  Whether we gain a new insight, a new direction on our faith journey, or a...
Human Treasures

Human Treasures

March 18, 2014 Lenten Devotional by Nancy Rottman On Sunday Paul reflected on the difference between treasures on earth and treasures in heaven and at the Well, Becca reminded us that we are each a treasure.  I’ve been taking stock of my treasure since then.  Oftentimes I meld “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”  (Matthew 6:21) with my mother’s frequent reminder, “You make time for the things you WANT to do.”  Instead of things, I think of people:  the human (and,...
"Paradise Garden"

“Paradise Garden”

March 17, 2014 Lenten Devotional by Alex Shea Will At the age of 59, Howard Finster heard a call from God. I don’t know exactly how he heard it, but I do know that it lead him to do something very interesting – he opened “Paradise Garden.” Using the things that others had thrown away, discarded, and neglected, Howard created stunning pieces of art to help others glimpse “paradise.” Sometimes, I think that’s exactly what God wants to do, too. As we discard our vulnerability...
Blessed are the merciful...

Blessed are the merciful…

Lenten Devotional for March 14, 2014 by Paul Shupe “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”                                                                – Jesus, according to Matthew 5:7 Once in an ethics class, my professor asked for a show of hands: “How many want to see justice done?”  All hands shot into the air, including mine.  All but...
Where do we think our hearts truly are?

Where do we think our hearts truly are?

Lent Devotional for March 13, 2014 by Paul Shupe “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…”                                                                  – Jesus, according to Matthew 6:21 Jesus really nailed that one.  What we spend our money on reveals to us what is most important to us.  He’s just describing an essential truth about...