It’s like trying to stay upright,
scorched and breathless, in the blast
of some sneezing rot-toothed dragon.
This guided tour, God, is tough going.
As vistas go, it’s in questionable taste–hills
bare-ribbed and drought-dried to the bone;
Satan plays Lego with Rwandan skeletons,
chews over the remains of hope in Darfur
and a thousand other slums:
such pornography of desolation–
O God, can these bones live?
how have we been brought to this?
We wait on you. Do not press REWIND,
returning things to the good old days
that never were. Plant something new
in us, reassemble the strewn backbones
of our resolve, breathe prophecy into us
so that blade by blade, tuft by tuft
we may animate these Lenten slopes
with living green of Easter hopes.
Dry-Bone Valley (Ezekiel 37:1-14) by Ian Sowton from The Stink of Experience
+In the name of God our Maker, Jesus Living, and the Fulfilling Spirit, Amen.
[When Sherman said that we were cutting things down to make the service shorter, I thought that here was a chance for me to expand the homily—and I have a bit—especially here to make the connections clearer— though those of you who heard it, will recognize that I moved from the text more than just here and there—and what was also apparent (I am sure), was that I was cutting like mad as I was preaching—even when we had some competition from one or more of our visitors] Continue reading Freedom to Love
A week ago, a friend who lives in Spain posted on his Facebook page a quotation from Edouard Loubet, the chef of the Domaine de Capelongue, a Michelin two-star restaurant in Provence. “A dinner is all about pleasure-sharing,” he said. “The food counts for only 20 percent, only 20 percent, no matter how extraordinary it is.” (NYT) Chef Loubet’s observation caught my attention for a couple reasons. First, I have to confess that when I have guests for dinner, I am disproportionately concerned about making sure the food is a success, so this was an instructive look in the mirror. Secondly, it also reminded me of a comment a parishioner made some years ago. They come to Holy Trinity, not because of the liturgy or music or the preaching, but because of the community they find here, and the individuals who make up this community. Continue reading God of Many Surprises (Easter Homily)
April 13 / Maundy Thursday
6: 00 PM Supper and Maundy Thursday Liturgy with members of Parroquia San Esteban
April 14 / Good Friday
10:30 AM Good Friday liturgy with Musical Meditations followed by hot-cross buns
April 15 / Great Vigil of Easter
8: 00 PM Meditations on God’s acts of creation, deliverance, and salvation; Lighting of the New Fire; Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the first Eucharist of Easter
April 16 / Easter Day
10:30 AM Festive Eucharist, flowering of the Cross, followed by an Easter Feast