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An Hour with Rowan Williams on Incarnation and Passion
Rowan Williams is well known for his spiritual depth,
theological wisdom and warm pastoral insight.
Join us for afternoon tea at 3:00 PM in the nave, followed by a presentation and discussion of themes for the Lenten Season from his recent book, "Christ, The Heart of Creation." from 3:30-4:30 PM.
The Last SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Matthew 17; 1-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Transformed: the Way of Love
for the Week of February 23, 2020
On the “eve” of Lent, the Church (always) invites us to consider the Transfiguration of Jesus, the holy happening atop a high mountain (perhaps Mount Tabor, as claimed by different Church Fathers). The Transfiguration is a momentary glimpse, in Christ’s body, of the life of heaven, of glory.
But, what is “glory”, you may ask? I recall a most helpful “definition” of glory proposed to us in seminary (I hope that my translation from the French does it justice!): glory is the overflow and radiance of divine love. “God is love” (I John 4:8). And the love that God is cannot be contained. The love that God is radiates. Jesus, for a moment, allows the glory that indwells his soul, to radiate in his body, glory that is otherwise withheld during his earthly pilgrimage so that, amongst other things, he might know what it is to feel pain.
Why is this important, as we embark on our Lenten journey? Well, perhaps, so that we know, as we seek to encounter the Lord more deeply through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, what is happening deep inside us. As God’s love overflows for us, we are being transformed. We do not always realize it because we get entangled in the “stuff” of daily life. But, it is true and real, and, when our faith is stronger, we are more certain of it. And, the more we desire it, the more deeply God’s love can transform us. Something glorious is indeed happening deep inside us: life transformed. In faith and hope, let us follow the way of the divine love that transforms.
To assist us in this on our Lenten journey, we have a calendar of different offerings. Please be sure to take one (or more!) and join us for a host of holy happenings. Our theme for this journey is that of the Episcopal Church: Life Transformed: the Way of Love.
Yours in our Lord,
Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Saturday March 14, 2020
Going Deeper into Prayer in Lent:
The Challenges and Difficulties of the Spiritual Life in the Work of Evelyn Underhill and Her Spiritual Director Dom John Chapman, OSB
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Sarah Caokley
and Rev. Charles Hoffacker
Saturday June 20, 2020
The Word is Very Near Us:
Praying the Scriptures and the Invitation to Silence
Facilitated by Rev. Martin Smith