Lenten Reflections

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Sara Holland and Susan Wells are partnering with Kate Sheinis and Peter Allen to create our first ever inter-generational Lenten reflection booklet! This Lenten reflection book will help the HCC family move through the season intentionally with our beloved community members.

We are calling YOU (as a person, couple, family, chosen family, pair of siblings, etc.) to offer reflections on scripture for the Lenten season. The book will begin with the reflection attached here. We invite you to use prose, poetry, or art work to reflect on the scripture you choose. Or maybe even ‘reflect’ by simply providing another written piece by some great thinker – past or present.

There are 39 openings for scripture reflections; sign up in the vestry or here on line. If you sign up in the vestry, you will choose your own verse. 

Please submit these short and sweet reflections by January 28th. 

We plan to begin distribution on Feb.7th.

Feel free to advertise this through any small group with which you meet – we are seeking a diversity of voices!

An Initial Reflection

I am the one whose praise echoes on high.       I adorn all the earth.

I am the breeze that nurtures all things green.

I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.

I am led by the spirit to feed the purest streams.

I am the rain coming from the dew that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.

I am the yearning for good.

-Hildegard of Bingen

Our church school curriculum reminds us: “It’s through ordinary and unexpected people that the story of Jesus continues. People like Peter who have denied Jesus; people like Paul who were once persecutors of Jesus’ disciples; people like Ananias who gave the gift of healing and reconciliation; people like Tabitha who cared for others. These were the people who continued the story of Jesus.” WE are the people who continue the story of Jesus and a love which is offered to all.

Many remember Easter as the salvific Christian holiday, the one that reminds us of God’s great sacrifice. As we reflect personally in this season of Lent, let us also consider that WE are the ones through which God is made manifest. It is in this manifestation that saving grace is actualized through deep personal work and then through work in the world. WE are the ones called to serve, care, and work towards peace. Hildegard of Bingen might have said, “WE are the yearning for good.” We begin with ourselves.

**A WORD ABOUT THIS INITIAL REFLECTION:

This is a draft and if anything will be shorter than it is currently. Again, we encourage people to offer reflections that they feel are appropriate even if that looks like providing just a quote from another thinker which relates to the scripture for the day. These should generally be no more than 8 sentences. Please let Sara know if you have any questions, whatsoever.

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