Lent is Coming: Into Vulnerability

I hate giving things up. I have zero willpower. Seriously, for me, immediate gratification takes too long. So, what to do with Lent, a season that I used to understand as a time to give something up? The gift of Lent for me is this: it is a time to give up something/take up something…

Back to Dust: Thoughts on Psalm 90*

Every Monday, ITW folks meets online to read a psalm together, meditate and then share a few thoughts. All are welcome to join us. So, Psalm 90 is one of those psalms that really focus on the brief span of mortality: “You turn us back to dust/and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’/For a thousand years…

Lent ’15 Informal Reflection, Ash Wednesday

Here is our really, really, really, informal reflection from our Ash Wednesday service. (Scripture below). (If you’re wondering, last year’s sermon is here.) Also, we’ll be meeting tonight for our online check in. Hope to see you there.  All are welcome Lent 15 sermon 1 Matthew 4:1-11 4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit…

Lent 15: Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness is an experimental spiritual community that will meet during Lent. There are three parts to Into the Wilderness – you can choose just one, or do all four. 1. Opening ritual Wednesday, February 18, 6:00– 6:50 p.m. Loper Chapel (First Church Berkeley, at the corner of Dana St and Durant Ave in…

Ash Wednesday Sermon 3-5-14

Note: This was the opening sermon for Lent in 2014. Matthew 4 1:11  If the link below doesn’t work, just download the zip version here. Sermon 3-5-14 (As of today, I am still not smoking. Thanks, God!) Join us for Lent 15!