Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. With two service times—12:15 PM and 6:00 PM—you can still make a Valentine’s dinner reservation.
The ashes for Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm branches from last Palm Sunday. With the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return,” we are reminded of our mortality.
On the Sundays in Lent, the appointed Hebrew Scripture readings in Year B focus on covenants: the covenant with Noah on February 18, the covenant with Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah on February 25th, the covenant with Moses (the 10 Commandments) on March 4th, the covenant in the wilderness on March 11th, and the new covenant that Jeremiah foretells on March 18th. Continue reading Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People→
When Alison asked me to preach on this first Sunday in Lent and this Valentine’s Day, I asked how she might like me to focus my reflections. She wrote the following:
“My hope is that the preacher can talk about the temptations that we experience at HT. Stones into bread. Political power. And the one that I think we seldom identify: our temptation to suicidal behaviours. What are we doing to tempt our own fate? Do we think we have a lock on our survival? As humans, settler Canadians? Anglicans? HT? Do we need to consider our responsibility to use our lives? How does that sound?”
To which I replied:
“Wow, and I thought it was all about the love (kidding)! Okay, I will give this some thought and do my best with the challenge you present.”
Tay Moss, incumbent at Church of the Messiah, is producing a Lenten reflection series for the Anglican Church of Canada. As a visual backdrop, he is filming churches at night. Quite a fascinating process. I worked with Tay to film Holy Trinity as the setting for the second installment. I had no idea at the time what the text would be. In watching this today, I found his take on temptation quite interesting. You can watch below or follow the whole series at the national web site.
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