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Holy Week


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I was talking with Andrea the other day and she said, “Holy week at Nashotah is like boot camp.” TRUE THAT! It’s pretty intense around here this week. A lot is going on, for sure!

Last night was our Tenebrae service. A beautiful service of shadows. The light is gradually extinguished and darkness is slowly entered into. The service was pretty intense here at the House, it was long and very still with only the choir singing, chanting and speaking while everyone else was just taking it in. I’ve been to Tenebrae services before that were a bit different, more artistic and more participatory but the drama of the story, the story of Christ’s decent and our participation in that, in all the good and horrific ways, was truly on display last night.

And then the Triduum.
The three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil leading into Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday! Three days that are central to our salvation and life of faith. I’m thankful for a tradition that enables me to enter into this most holy of times in profound ways.

holythursday_15c_rusTonight I will be the thurifer in our Maundy Thursday service. Swinging incense like it’s my job!
Having rehearsed the service I anticipate it being intense and powerful.Having rehearsed the service I anticipate it being intense and powerful.

During the service, we will have foot washings, altar-stripping and we will participate in the Eucharist as a community. There will be extra sacrament consecrated and put on a side altar. This symbolized Christ’s time in the garden and the eventual abandonment by all his friends.  We were asked to sign up for an hour to sit and watch and pray with Jesus, with the blessed sacrament. “Could you not wait with me one hour,” Jesus asks his disciples and so too are we asked to sit and wait with Christ on the night before he is handed over to death for our salvation.

I signed up for a slot and am anticipating this hour of prayer. I’m not sure what it will be like but I trust it will be a significant part of my Holy Week experience.

You can read some great words on this by a fellow from my church. He writes about the great watch and then he writes here about the other services of Holy Week.

We’ll have a Good Friday service here at the House.
Then the weekend culminates with the Easter Vigil on Saturday night, which will be a festive celebration as we proclaim Christ crucified and risen! Then we get to say the “A” word again. I can’t wait!

Our family will also attend the Easter service on Sunday morning with our church community, Christ Redeemer. Excited to be with those fine folks for Easter Sunday!!!

(You can read more about these different services and their significance over at this Blog… christredeemermke.org)

I hope your Holy Week is a deep and sacred time for you. That you experience Christ in his death so that you can experience his resurrection!

Grace and peace
Erik

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March Madness :: Everybody’s Favorite Time of Year


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Well, it’s everybody’s Favorite Time of Year! MARCH MADNESS!!!

I’ll be playing in a few pools and will have a handful of different brackets filled out! LOVE IT!!!
Just made this little image to invite some Nashotah House folks to play along.

The theme for our league is: Canistriludium Ludus Canistri
Seemed fitting to include some fancy latin… now I just have to figure out what it means!  😉

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PS: My best translation of Canistriludium Ludus Canistri is Basketball, The Sport.
I kinda made it up… Clever right!
Or Something.

Enjoy your March!

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Lent :: A Reminder


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Lent :: A Reminder

I’ve felt it in my bones and have been reminded, both in the sermon yesterday and in the homily today during morning prayer that we are about half way through the season of Lent.

There are reminders all around.

For instance, I read this Psalm in morning prayer today…

Psalm 119:25-32
ד Daleth

25 My soul clings to the dust;
revive me according to your word.
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Put false ways far from me;
and graciously teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees, O Lord;
let me not be put to shame.
32 I run the way of your commandments,
for you enlarge my understanding.

“My soul clings to the dust…”

I want that to be true of my Lenten experience. Really, I want that to be true of my life. To always keep my humanity and mortality before me, knowing that my every breath is a gift of God.

We are halfway through Lent but far from eternity. It is with this in mind that we let our lenten disciplines begin to shape our heart and mind and our desire toward life that is most truly situated in the reality of the Kingdom of God. This reality that we will someday day live fully.

So this day, right now, we live like we will fully live someday. Lent is God’s gift to us, helping us have space and practice to do this very thing in intentional, practical and communal ways. Hopefully we are learning to live during Lent, a little more like we should live all the time and will fully live in the time to come.

Hang in there. Cling to the dust. Resurrection is around the corner!
Grace and peace
Erik

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Lent Week #4 :: Music Monday(ish)


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Well, Lent is supposed to remind you that you’re a dirtbag right? [ from dust we have come, right…] Or least it’s supposed to remind you of your humanity and need for Christ. I’m reminded of that every time I think about my blog, or more accurately, my non-blog. I would love to blog more but I just don’t make the time for it. I have pages of blog ideas but haven’t taken the time to flesh them out. Someday I hope to blog once a week, for now… it will be what it will be.

Anyway, here is another addition of my Lenten music playlist. If you want to just get direct access to this, follow the playlist on Spotify. I’ll be adding to the same playlist every week.

This week I’m adding a little All Sons and Daughters action. Great stuff…
and this week as week focus on being aware of God, even in the midst of our lenten deserts, I would recommend their songs Christ  Be All Around Me and God With Us as well.

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