Tag: Lent

Spring Cleaning

When I was growing up our family observed a time-honored ritual every year which was affectionately known as “spring cleaning.”  Unlike the normal cleaning from week to week, which amounted to dusting and vacuuming and generally straightening up, spring cleaning was an all-out assault on a year’s worth of filth and clutter.  It was commonly…

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Perseverance

I was listening to the radio the other day, and caught an interview with two NASA scientists. It turns out, the new Mars rover Perseverance has landed on the Red Planet. The host interviewing the scientists promised not to go overboard with her own speculations, but asked the question that we all wonder about: what would it…

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The Catalog(ue)

A few weeks ago at Emmanuel’s Zoom Coffee hour, my friend Meredith led a discussion of the very first places we would like to go post-pandemic. And I blurted out without hesitation: “I want to return to that happiest and most sacred of spaces: The Library of Congress!” It has been a year now and…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the very beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.  In preparation for today’s homily, I took some time to reflect on growing up in my family and how we celebrated Lent.  Interestingly enough, we didn’t eat meat on any Friday throughout the year.  Not…

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Simplify: Spiritual Songs for Lent

The Merriam-Webster definition of “simplify” is “to reduce to basic essentials.” Lent is the time to spiritually simplify. On Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, preparing to fast, traditionally we clean out our cupboards and fridge of all that sugar and butter. (The reason for all of those pancake suppers!) Flowers give way to greens on the…

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There Was A Man Born Blind

Hi everyone, thank you for tuning into today’s sermon.   These certainly are wild and ever changing times and we at Emmanuel are doing our level best to adapt with the changing news and happenings all around us – all in a spirit of flexibility, joy and anticipation.  Working hard to stay in the present moment and…

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