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The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Part 8

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Nine: “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Easter, Holy Week, and Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 6

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Six: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (l John 4: 12) It is through the heart that we experience God directly.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Affirmations, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

Good Friday Reflection

We come here today to remember a man. A man…
who had dreams,
who had those dreams shattered,…

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Litany Based on John 1:1-4

In the beginning was the Word …
It all started with an act of divine self-expression.
and the Word was with God …
It all comes from the center of God.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Texts: John. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 5

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Five: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
Jesus was merciful, but didn’t receive mercy. He forgave the people who were about to kill him, but they killed him anyway. Yet we are still haunted by his assertion of the possibility of a world in which mercy works both ways.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 4

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Four: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 3

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Three: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” The word “meek” might better be interpreted as “gentle” or “considerate”.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Affirmations, Readings, and Study Guides.

Standing Before the Cross

I am standing before the cross in all its brutality
And feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
Why could the church not have a nice
Life-affirming symbol instead of a cross?

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Poetry, Prayers, and Readings.

Lenten Haiku

the world weighs heavy
our brokenness wearies us
and yet God is here

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

The Lord’s Prayer – Why I Can Still Say It

Despite its familiarity and almost constant liturgical use, the Lord’s Prayer has become difficult for even some devout Christians to pray in our day. To be sure, the thought-world of the New Testament is very different from …

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Those Who Struggle for Justice

For those who promote human rights in countries controlled by military dictatorships, risking their lives every day
All: Blessed are those who are persecuted for their struggle for justice: the kingdom of heaven is theirs

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Reflection on Jeremiah 31

It is tattooed on our hearts
Etched on the walls
at the core of our being
There is no escaping the reality
And yet we still ignore it

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Texts: Jeremiah. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 1

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

This guide focuses on the Beatitudes of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and on the fourteen Stations of the Cross, which symbolize the events remembered on Good Friday.

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Children’s Litany for Lent

Children ~ This first Sunday of Lent, we give up the idea that we have no voice.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Ages: Elementary, Pre-Teen, and Teen. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Affirmations, Prayers, and Readings.

Music by Nahko Bear – Aloha Ke Akua

God is Love

Lend your ears, lend your hands,
Lend your movement, anything you can.
Come to teach, come to be taught.
Come in the likeness in the image of God.
Cause, you can be like that.
With all that humbleness, and all that respect.

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God Is Love

A Meditation on the Indefinable Nature of the Divine

Meditation on God is Love. How many times have we heard the word “love” being used to define that which is ultimately indefinable? I suppose it is because that’s the only word that can even bring us close to grasping the ungraspable.

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The Geology of Love

It was carved with hand tools on a rough slab of native red rock: “Marcelito L. Baca – murio a la edad de 17 dias (died at the age of 17 days) – 1919”. It was planted …

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Stony Trail

On a stony trail through the Sinai wastes
A little family headed south
Father, mother, little babe
A burdened donkey, head drooped down

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Epiphany. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.
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