Several people have asked about the prayer from Ted Loder that I used in worship on March 2. It is titled, "I Need to Breathe Deeply, Lord" from his book, Guerrillas of Grace and I copied it below. We have used a Loder prayer from time to time in worship, and with good reason. He is a constant source of inspiration.
The second request was from last Sunday (March 9) and the reading I used in the sermon. It was from a piece called "When Christians Love Theology More Than People." It was originally written by Stephen Mattson and relayed through a post by Jerry Kieschnick. If you are familiar with the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, you'll appreciate this even more.
I love finding nuggets of wisdom and insight, and I love passing them on. Enjoy!
We are in that season of the Church that is known as Lent. If you came from a Catholic, Episcopal or Lutheran church background, that will mean something to you. From what I hear, it meant you usually had to “give something up” (like TV, chocolate or dessert). If you didn’t, Lent probably means, “Something my Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran friends did this time of year that made them give up something they really liked).” I am in the second category, though over the years Lent has become much more important to my life.
The word “Lent” simply means “Spring” and it is a season of preparation for Easter. It has been likened to “spring-cleaning for the soul” and that makes sense to me.
Here are four things I have found helpful for the spring cleaning of my own soul during Lent.
Glad you're here! My name is Russ Kane and I have the privilege of being the pastor of an amazing church called, New Hope Presbyterian Church. It's a place where people "Find a Home, Build a Life and Make a Difference." This blog is a journal of our life together. Welcome!