PRAYING SHAPES BELIEVING
A Meditation for You
We are in Lent, traditionally a time of self examination and fasting. Many take on a discipline of doing without during Lent. Some take on additional service. With only minor clarifications, the pandemic has imposed a Lenten experience on all of us. We have been doing without for a long season.
 
We have aimed to use this as a time not to get lost in the difficulty of the journey but to become enlivened in the hope of the destination! And we have sought hope in the Psalms of Ascent. These are the songs, from Psalms 120-134, that comforted our faithful forbears when they returned from exile to their beloved home of Jerusalem, up to Mount Zion. 

But what about those times when we do feel lost in the difficulty of the journey? Old Testament scholar John Collins writes, “There can be little doubt that most of the psalms originated as emotive expressions. Their strength lies precisely in their ability to articulate the full range of human emotions that should not be denied or suppressed.” 

Emotions that should not be denied or suppressed. Collins says, “… the psalm can act as a kind of safety valve that acknowledges the feelings without necessarily acting on them…. The power of the Psalms is that they depict human nature as it is, not necessarily as it should be.” 

Waiting is hard. It’s OK to let our voices be heard in that chorus. The pilgrims sound weary, too, in Psalm 130.

Psalm 130
Waiting for Divine Redemption

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
    more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Narrative © 2021 Stephanie Shareck Werner
A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible-Second Edition, by John J. Collins. © 2014 Fortress Press; p. 301
Mark Lenten Conversations
We are thrilled to announce a thoughtful and creative way to read through the gospel of Mark in the Lenten season together. Each week we will be posting a different conversation between Rock+, Harrison and a member of our Parish. They read three chapters and discuss it as Spirit leads them. We are reading through the CEB (Common English Bible) Study Bible. Please come pick up your own copy on the table in the Memorial Garden. They are free for the taking.

We hope you will join us for Session 3 as we move into Mark chapters 10-12 with Bob Hughes, Father Rock and Harrison. The link to watch is HERE on YouTube. (In case you missed the weeks with Neale Smith, Gay Gibson or the Leggotts - they there too!)

If you would prefer to listen as a podcast, click HERE.
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Sunday Morning

Please join us online Sunday for a Spiritual Eucharist at 10am. Let us be together in Spirit! The link to watch and get the bulletin are in the schedule below.
Staying Connected
Friday, March 19, 2021
  • 12pm- Noonday Prayer (online)
  • 5pm- Facebook Live for kids
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Sunday, March 21, 2021
  • 9am- Children's Sunday School (online)
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  • 10am- Morning Prayer Worship (online)
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  • Link for bulletin

Monday, March 22, 2021
  • 10:30am- Grief Group (online)
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  • 12pm- Noonday prayers (online)

Join us daily for Noonday Prayer online here. You can follow along with the service on page 103 of the Book of Common Prayer or visit BCPonline.org (Click on "Daily Office" and then "An Order of Service at Noonday")

If you can't join us live-time, no worries. All of these services can be viewed at your convenience afterward on Facebook. All our Sunday morning and Contemplative services will be posted on our YouTube Channel, "St. James the Less Ashland VA." You can access that here.
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