Yesterday, Lord, we went to church
in pouring rain
and came out into sleet and snow.
March is going out like a lion.
It’s time for spring, Lord.
We look forward to April
and flowers in the garden.
Some gardens already
have purple crocuses blooming.
Lord, give us insight into your ways,
as we turn our soggy garden
into an instrument of praise.
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like spring rains that water the earth.
Hymn: There shall be Showers of Blessing
Ah, Lord, what about those
lost in a plane crash,
or those inundated when
Mt. St. Helens erupted?
Innocent people lose their lives
in auto accidents every day.
What about them?
What about their loved ones
left behind to mourn?
Is there an explanation?
Lord, we need your presence
to comfort and love us
during times of disaster
“Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.”
Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour
Lord, we do not look forward
to your death on a cross.
We would rather that you went out
in a blaze of glory.
Glory we can enjoy.
Suffering, not so much.
In our retirement home
we try to avoid aches and pains.
You walked right into your suffering and death.
You conquered death and showed
that there is something beyond the grave.
Help us to stay the course
that we may look forward
to being with you in glory.
At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scripture of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Appalachian Folk Tune: I Wonder as I Wander
Lord, in this Lenten season
we journey with you
on the road to Jerusalem.
You told the disciples what was coming.
You confronted the powers that be,
and they crucified you.
You said it was part of a plan
to redeem us. You showed that real life
is more than physical being.
It’s belonging to your kingdom
of love, no matter what.
You showed the way.
Help us to follow. Amen.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
It snowed all day yesterday,
on March 25th.
Who would believe it?
We have lived in this area
for 40 years, Lord,
and it has never snowed this late before.
To what do we owe this difference?
Is the climate really changing?
Are we entering another ice age, Lord,
instead of global warming?
I am thankful, that no matter what,
you are with us and will still be our God.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Hymn: Through It All
O God of Creation,
on Sunday the texts were on
Moses finding water in the desert,
and Jesus at the well in Samaria.
Water is used in baptism
as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Water is an exciting resource,
not only for drinking. but also for washing,
swimming, boating, and growing flowers.
Thank you, Creator God,
for this wonderful substance.
The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Hymn: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
O God, we went to the garden
to ready it for spring.
My husband got chips
for the path down the middle.
I cut old stalks
and pulled off rotten leaves.
Then we sat on our bench.
There is still work to be done,
but it will wait for another day.
Being in the garden is not so much
about flowers as it is being with you, God.
Your creation is an inspiration.
Thank you, God.
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in this field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.”
Hymn: In the Garden