New posts today at L&B, but RSS feed problems

April 4, 2012

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- Karen


Recommended Holy Wednesday Devotional Reading

April 4, 2012

Little time to blog today.  I’ve posted one devotional and one prayer below.  Let me also highlight a few of my favorite posts around the blogosphere this Holy Wednesday.

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Patrick ComerfordPoems for Lent – I See His Blood Upon the Rose

Anglican Daily PrayerWednesday in Holy Week: The Moment of Truth

Sanctus: Hymns of the Passion (1): O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Ohio AnglicanSpy Wednesday

BarnstormingFiery and Sweet

King’s EnglishA Man After His Own Heart

Also at King’s English:  I highly recommend an older post from 2011:   Thirty Pieces of Sliver about Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.

Update… more links:

Scotty SmithA Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

Soundings:  The Betrayal

Transfigurations:  Ecce Homo, Ecce Us (an excerpt of an essay at First Things)


A Devotional for Wednesday in Holy Week: Betrayals

April 4, 2012

Music links updated 2014

Judas’ Kiss

art credit:  This fresco, by Giotto di Bondone, is from the Life of Christ series at the Arena Chapel (Cappella Scrovegni) in Padua, Italy.  Giotto created it between 1304-06.

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This reflection follows on very well from the two main entries I posted yesterday:  a prayer acknowledging we too were enemies of Christ, and a reflection on Mary’s sacrificial offering (where at the end, I reflected on the contrast between Mary’s sacrifice and Judas’ meager reward for betraying Jesus.)  It is from the Barnstorming blog:

The reality is Jesus’ enemies weren’t really the Romans and Jews.  They were those who professed to love Him the most but then turned away when loving Jesus meant suffering with Him.  The betrayals that take place, resulting in His arrest and death,  are not by those who hated Jesus.   Jesus told His betrayers the truth about who they were, and what was in their hearts, by shining His light on their weakness, illuminating their sin even before they committed it.  He does the same with us every day.  We cannot hide from His light illuminating the dark corners of our heart.

We must face the fact that we continue to betray Him, usually in small ways that we hope are insignificant or hidden because, after all, we are Christians, we pray, we go to church, we are “good” people who certainly mean well.

We do no less than what Peter did three times.   We deny knowing Him when it is inconvenient to admit it.

We are no less selfish than Judas selling out for silver when what is being asked of us is to give up the material things of this world we hold dear.

We are no less cowardly than the throngs crying “Crucify Him!” when only days before they were  lauding him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, going along with the crowd,  as it feels risky to stand out, stand apart, be utterly alone in our devotion to Him rather than live out our love affair with the world along with everyone else.

So with friends like us…

We have some serious explaining to do.  Amazing that He knows our hearts even before we utter a word.

The full entry is here.

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Two Songs for listening & reflection:

Traitor’s Look and WHY?  Both songs are by Michael Card, from his album Known by the Scars, which I highly highly recommend in full as an amazing musical reflection during Holy Week.

(Hopefully the playlist will work, but I’ve been having some issues with embedded audio files.  If the music does not play, you can find videos at YouTube:  Traitor’s Look,  and Why)


A Holy Week Prayer: Teach Me Your Way This Week

April 4, 2012

I found this prayer at the Holy Week Devotions page of IMBY.net:

Father, teach me your way this week. Teach me how to leave my selfish, sinful ways at the foot of the cross, and teach me how Jesus my Savior is willing to bear those sins in his own body and be punished for them. Lord, how can I thank you for this great salvation? I worship you and your amazing power: Jesus is greater than death, and could not be conquered. When he died, I know that my sins were destroyed: it happened “once for all time”. And when you raised him three days later, you taught us that we too could be raised. I confess my many sins Lord Jesus: I lay them down at the foot of the cross. I turn away from them and ask you to give me a new way of living in the world. Walk with me this week, Father. Teach me your way.


Psalm 74:1-4 and Psalm 127:1

April 4, 2012

O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Psalm 74:1)
      LORD, in our heart of hearts we know why: the Episcopal Church has been unfaithful to you and denied your power to save and make whole again. Bring us to true and lasting repentance. Thank you for all the faithful witnesses in this diocese.

Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, which you have redeemed — this Mount Zion where you have dwelt. (Psalm 74:2)
      Jesus, with the dying thief on the cross we say, “Remember me,” now that you have come into your kingdom.

Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary. (Psalm 74:3)
      Father, the enemy has trampled down so many congregations and has divided us against one another. Have mercy on us.

Your enemies roar in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their banners for signs. (Psalm 74:4)
      Holy Spirit, your people have chosen to follow so many false signs rather than the sign of the cross. Have mercy on s.

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
      LORD, unless you build us up again, all our labor is in vain. Guard us and build us up by the power of your Holy Spirit. Restore to us the joy of sharing Jesus with others. Thank you.

John 20:19-31 A word received: That is the state of so many of my people today — they have the doors of their churches and the hearts shut tight. Pray for open doors and open hearts to receive the people I send to you.

Wednesday: 55 * 74; Lam. 2:1-9: 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11: Mark 12:1-11
Wednesday in Holy Week Holy Communion: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
Maundy Thursday: 102 * 142, 143; Lam. 2:10-18: 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32: Mark 14:12-25
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32); John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Easter Day: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Mark 16:1-8 ).

***** Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      It is a tough day in church when your Aspergillum bucket springs a leak! Especially on Palm Sunday… There was a huge puddle. What to do? What to do? Hardware store, plumbing epoxy; BRILLIANT!
      What to do when we spring a leak, that is leak the Holy Spirit? BRILLIANT. Pouring everywhere… huge leak. We get refilled to leak some more! Go to the market place and “leak” the Holy Spirit everywhere… Go on, make a huge puddle… Make a huge splash. Leave foot prints of the Holy Spirit as you walk everywhere you go. Splash it everywhere… Singing in the rain.
      Excuse me, time for a sprinkle… Now where did I put that aspergillum…
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Ps. Go on, Google “Aspergillum. ” you know you want to! (smiling) .

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[The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of the Diocese of Albany each year. Don't miss out on what God has for you at this Convention. You do NOT need to be a deputy to attend. Torre]

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