The annual Lenten Study will be held on five consecutive Fridays in Lent, February 27–March 27, at 6:30 p.m. We will be reading Fr. Christopher Webber’s book ‘A Time to Turn: Anglican Readings for Lent and Easter Week,’ as part of the lenten series. In Fr. David’s absence, contact Fr. Darren to get the textbook; the requested donation for the textbook is $10.35.
The first and last sessions will be followed by a Lenten version of our monthly Taizé Healing Service. The plan is for participants to have completed a brief reading assignment before each meeting, including the first. Here are the assignments for the course:
- February 27: Discuss “Introduction,” “Ash Wednesday,” and “First Week of Lent,” pp. vii-ix, 1-2, 9-24.
- March 6: Discuss “Second Week of Lent,” pp. 25-40.
- March 13: Discuss “Third Week of Lent,” pp. 41-58.
- March 20: Discuss “Fourth Week of Lent,” pp. 59-74.
- March 27: Discuss “Fifth Week of Lent,” pp. 75-90.
Brief biographies of the authors may be found on pp. 123-28. And of course, you are encouraged to read the remaining chapters not covered in the Lenten Study! Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
By the Rev. Darren Miner
Bible Readings for Good Friday http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/HolyWk/GoodFri_RCL.html
Jesus lives! Never forget that, not even on Good Friday! This liturgy is not a funeral for Our Lord. This homily is not a eulogy. We do not come together to mourn his loss.
Instead, we are gathered here today to remember Our Lord’s death and, in some small way, to grapple with its meaning for us. As distasteful as it may be, we must contemplate Jesus’ hideous torture and agonizing death on a cross, for it is at the cross that our sins meet God’s love.
On Good Friday, our liturgy is different from any other liturgy in the year. It’s a muted liturgy, a bleak liturgy, a liturgy stripped bare. On this day, the focus of our attention is the cross—a simple, wooden cross.
This cross is a paradox. On the one hand, the cross is a symbol of torture and shameful death. Crucifixion was the fate of rabble-rousers and rebels in the Roman Empire, and hanging on the wood of a tree was the fate of Jews accursed of God. On the other hand, for Christians throughout the world, the cross is the preeminent symbol of our faith and a sign of hope.
By the Rev. Darren Miner
We’re two full weeks away from Easter, yet already we get more than a glimpse of what resurrections means. All three readings today deal in some way with the subject of life coming out of death.
Ezekiel tells us of a vision in which he looks over an ancient battlefield strewn with the desiccated bones of Israelite soldiers. He is told to prophesy to the bones and bring them back to life. And he does! Helpfully, Ezekiel also tells us the meaning of his vision: the dispirited and subjugated people of Israel, exiled in Babylon, will be given a new spirit of life and will be returned to their homeland.
St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, contrasts life in the flesh with life in the Spirit. Life in the flesh, we are told, is no life at all, but living death. Now, when Paul speaks of “flesh” he is not speaking of our physical bodies or of the material world as such. He uses that word “flesh” as a sort of code word to speak of creation alienated from God, humanity focused on self-gratification. Life in the Spirit, on the other hand, yields peace in the present and eternal life at the Resurrection.
Finally, we come to that long, but fascinating, story of the raising of Lazarus (whose name appropriately means “God helps”). This story is not a vision, like Ezekiel’s, and it’s not a theological treatise, like Paul’s letter. It purports to be a historical account. But unlike a newspaper story, this account clearly has a theological and a pastoral purpose.
We will be meeting on five Fridays in Lent to participate in a diocesan program, “ProClaim Engaging the Baptismal Covenant”, focusing on the baptismal covenant and the role of personal storytelling in spreading the Gospel.
Dates: The sessions will start on March 14 and conclude on April 11.
Time: Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 7:45 p.m.
Location: The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.
Please try to attend as many sessions as you can!
On Sundays during Lent we will be focusing our anthems on different compositions by composers on the ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ text. For more details visit http://musicatincarnationsf.wordpress.com/
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