Church Stuff-More or less

Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Celtic Prayer for Lent

“Remember that you are dust,
And unto dust you shall return.”

“The Old Sod!”
The precious land!
The Sacred earth!

Ash Wednesday’s smudge
Remember we are earth
And we shall return.

Jesus is of earth
Every bone and sinew
The Word enfleshed.

His beginning sacred
A holy earth birthing
A heavenly ending.

Our Lenten journey
Wednesday’s blest earth
To Easter’s blest water!

And we are more than
“Dust in the Wind.”
We are bound for glory!

O God, bless my Lenten journey.
Let me walk the blessing path of Jesus.
Blessed be the path of giving.
Blessed be the path of discipling.
Blessed be the garden of grieving.
Blessed be the mountain of the cross.
Blessed be these forty days.

May I be more loving, more generous,
More forgiving, more grateful,
As I trod the desert path
Leading up to Easter’s water‑
A fountain springing up
Toward eternal life!

from A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book by William John Fitzgerald


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