Swimming in overwhelming waters.
One of the great disciplines of Lent is to spend time listening to the voice of Christ in the Holy Scriptures. So often on Sundays we are immersed in a rich range of biblical readings and Psalms. This is even more true in Lent. Sometimes this biblical water in which we are swimming can seem overwhelming. That's why this year we are intentionally focusing on Psalm 51 and the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke's Gospel (chapter 15) over the next three Sundays. We invite you to read these passages throughout the next three weeks and chew them over -- there's a lot there to ponder.
We also have the opportunity over the next three weeks to focus on the Psalms as prayer for our lives. These 150 poems hold in them treasures to help us through almost any event we might experience from joy to sorrow, anger to adoration. We really hope that everyone at St. John's is able to read the Palms appointed for the daily office (see the prayer booklets on the Welcome Table or here) and attend the Psalms classes with our guest speakers the next three Sundays at 9:15.
During Lent, immerse yourself in the water of Scripture. In the words of one of the most famous Collects in the Book of Common Prayer:
"Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”