ashes are the opposite of tombstones

Ash Wednesday | Texts: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 | This night is kind of a lot. It’s a time to return to God with all our hearts, says the prophet Joel. It is a time to lament together, which really means telling the truth about ourselves and our lives.

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a sermon on groaning

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 |There’s something about breathing together with other humans that sort of reorients me to my own body, to my sense of presence, to my connection with God. The very first sentence of today’s reading from Romans reads, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”...