A dear friend sent around a wonderful piece this morning about Good Friday done by his pastor. I attach it at the bottom of this morning’s Pew. He got me to thinking about Good Friday. For as long as I’ve been an Episcopalian I have been told and believe that Lent ends on Good Friday.…

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If any of you are like me and didn’t have an idea what “Maundy” meant and where it came from here is some information: The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super,…

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and protector of our faith. — Hebrews 12:1-2a. The first verse of Hebrews…

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I came across the phrase “the Promise of Spring” the other day. What a wonderful phrase and image it provokes. Each year about this time the first signs of spring arrive. Trees bud, flowers emerge, the grass turns green, and an afternoon thunderstorm clears the air. We know that the cold and darkness of winter…

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Although some athletes take taunting to extremes, it can be an effective strategy. It can throw an opponent of his or her game. Challenging authority is a form of taunting with the same effect. I love the scene in the movie Gandhi where they “walked to the sea and made salt.” Gandhi was challenging authority in a…

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