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Holy Week Prayers :: Good Friday


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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Holy Week Prayers :: Thursday


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Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Holy Week Prayers :: Wednesday


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Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Holy Week Prayers :: Tuesday


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O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Holy Week Prayers :: Monday


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Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem (From my app of Eastern Orthodox prayers)

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed are Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

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THE Lenten Prayer…


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O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For Thou are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alexander Schmemann say this is THE Lenten prayer. “Of all lenten hymns and prayer, one short prayer can be termed the lenten prayer. Tradition ascribes it to one of the great teachers of spiritual life—St. Ephrem the Syrian.”

I’ve been trying to pray it daily. It hit a little extra today and I thought I would share.

Peace
Erik

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Experiential Lenten Calendars (for kids & adults)


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This is Experiential Lenten Calendar is a resource i’ve had floating around my computer for a few years. A very cool idea that Mars Hill Bible Church put together for their community. I thought of it because our Children’s ministry at Christ Church does something very similar for the kids. I thought I would share both and let you use them with your family or community.

Lenten Experience Calendar
(Note this calendar is from 2010 so the dates are a a little off but you get the picture and can just use the days of week to orient you. ENJOY)

Kids Experiential Lenten Calendar
 (This calendar is kids specific and meant to help littler ones engage in the season of Lent. It also has an emphasis on the alms giving aspect of Lent which our church focuses on. Use it or adapt it as you wish. It’s a great resource for children.

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Lent 2014 // Ash Wednesday


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Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness and resorted to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

This is the from our Ash Wednesday liturgy. I love the invitation to observe a holy Lent. I hope you will accept that invitation.

Over at www.LentWebGuide.com there will be more regular posts for the Lenten season. These posts are a companion to the Lent book I wrote but can really be read and enjoyed by anyway. So take advantage.

And if you are looking for a free resource for Lenten devotional reading check out…

Youversion (an app for your phone or table, also a website) has N.T. Wright’s Lent For Everyone available for free!
There is also a short eBook by Alexander Schmemann for free over on Amazon :: Great Lent: A School of Repentance Its Meaning for Orthodox Christians

Grace and peace as you observe a holy Lent!

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Matthew Perryman Jones — Live Music // Music Monday 30.0


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On Thursday night I was able to go to a live show! Oh man, I miss going to shows and not only seeing and hearing great music but experiencing a musician sharing their life and art as they perform. Their is something about attending a great show or concert that is really compelling and engaging. I’m sure people have expounded on this, I won’t try here but I’ll just say that I love me some good live music.

Thursday reminded me and made me miss my years in Nashville!

One of the reason it made me miss Nashville was because I went to A LOT of live music in Nashville! The other reason was because the musician was Matthew Perryman Jones, a great Nashville singer song writer. Matthew is a great microcosm of the Nashville singer songwriter scene. I’ve met him briefly through mutual friends and he seems like a great dude and his music is definitely great!

You can download a little taste of his music for free on Noisetrade but I would jump on iTunes and download a couple of his albums. My favorites are Throwing Punches in the Dark and Until Dawn Appears. His newest (which he did a lot of these tunes at the show) also seems really good and I plan on download it soon, Land of the Living.

Here are a couple video’s I watched / listened to today and really enjoyed. Your turn…

O Theo — inspired by a CS Lewis character who was talking about art and things in a CS Lewis book. Matthew told the story of this song at the show but I can’t fully remember it. The song it great and the story behind it was really cool, I wish could remember it all. Just enjoy the song.

Save You — One of his best and well know songs. It’s really good!

A couple others to check out…
Only You
Amelia
Can’t Get It Right

Lots of good ones. Just browse around on youtube and then buy some of his stuff!

Peace
Erik

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Connectors, stories & Malcolm Gladwell


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I’ve been taking in some Malcolm Gladwell these days. I am really enjoying his work! I’ve heard a lot about him but hadn’t actually read any of his stuff myself. So on a friends recommendation I picked up his book David and Goliath. LOVED IT! His mix of story telling, research and data, along side all the connections and points he makes is really great. It’s easy to read, you feel kind of encouraged or inspired once you read it and you feel a bit smarter.

David and Goliath was all about the idea that sometimes the weaknesses we have can actually be our strengths. I could write quite a bit about the connections he makes and the stories he tells. I think he might have stretched the David and Goliath story a bit but in the end I was ok with it because the points he was making were right on. And for a pastor and hack theologian, they were right on! The weak is the new strong! This is the message of Christ and it’s really the point he was trying to make. I highly recommend the book.

I’m now taking in The Tipping Point. I’m only a few chapters in and once again I’m enjoying his stories and the connection he is making to all these fascinating people and the way they stir culture. It’s really fascinating and I think there are some really good points for church leaders and church planters to think about. I’m taking notes!

One thing i realize is that i’m a connector! I might not be a high powered connector like he talks about in the book but I really do find joy in connecting with people, any and all kinds of people. I’ve often been to a party or hosted a party and found that there were 2 or 3 different worlds colliding and stepped back and smiled. I love it! All the traveling i’ve done and places i’ve lived and people i’ve connected with are some of my most favorite parts of life. For a long time i tried to record birthdays so I could send an email or some kind of social media message to all these people I have connected with. I’m also not a very disciplined person and often failed at this but I tried. I do think that the peak of social media makes connecting much easier and more people would probably claim this title now than ever before. But some of us are just wired this way. I’m wondering how one might hone the power of their connector and do good. Maybe Gladwell will have something to say about this. I’ll keep reading!

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Erik

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