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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

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11:21a
eating thoughtfully (for Lent?)
Go With Your Gut
By HARRIET BROWN
Published: February 20, 2006

Madison, Wis.

LAST week's reports that low-fat diets may not reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer have left Americans more confused than ever about what to eat. I'd like to make a radical suggestion: instead of wringing our hands over fat grams and calories, let's resolve to enjoy whatever food we eat.

Because, as it turns out, when you eat something you like, your body makes more efficient use of its nutrients. Read more...Collapse )


Last year there was a movement amongst many people I knew to forego (or supplement) the traditional "be with Jesus in the desert, deprived of material pleasures and reminded of one's dependence upon God" Lenten route for (with) "cultivate awareness of the glory and joy of God in one's personal daily life."

During college, Lententide usually functioned as a prompt for me to try to spend more time/energy to spiritual/theologic issues. I sometimes managed to fit in attendance at the First Churches/Edwards Lenten Book Study. This year I'm already doing Thursday evening prayer at Emmanuel Lutheran and will begin attending the Wednesday evening "Beginnings" program at the Congregational starting with Session 3, plus I plan to do 8:15 Sunday morning FCCN Adult Bible Study Lenten series.

Cramming my schedule full of doing things feels rather counter to the spirit of Lent, however. (Not that I think I *shouldn't* do these things, just that they're not necessarily appropriate substitutes for the traditional fasting.) Plus, the point of fasting during Lent was to be daily aware of one's dependence on God, so focusing on God a few days a week is a good start but doesn't seem to quite cut it.

So the above NYT article got thinking about how I had delusions of going vegan after I graduated college and how I don't eat particularly well now because I'm picky and lazy, so perhaps making a real effort to balance nutrients and eat well would be a good exercise for Lent. (I am reminded of Layna's Lenten resolution last year to get 8 hours of sleep each night.)


This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Edit: I'm scheduled to meet with Pastor Hamilton next Thursday and checked his blog and read:
     Mardi Gras Sunday. [...] And the sermon will be jazz sermon on the power of laughter -- "And Sarah Laughed."
We never did get the Sarah Sunday of the Women in the Bible series. I was going to go to Emmanuel Lutheran this Sunday in prep for Lent, but I'd like to go to FCCN for this.

He continues:
We hope to create a great, big exhalation, in preparation for the inhalation we will need for our Lenten journey which begins on ...

Ash Wednesday, March 1st, next week. We will completely shift our perspective from celebration to contemplation.

The Four Witnesses. During Lent, I will be preaching on the way the four gospels present Jesus. Each gospel offers a different vantage point for seeing Jesus. One of the most central questions to us, as Christians, is a question which Jesus himself posed to the disciples: "Who do you say I am?" During our Lenten wilderness journey, this question will be our guide.
So, um, it's a conspiracy to not let me leave FCCN.
11:23a
themed playlists (the ten commandments; winter)
Layna (and Lisa and Jeremy) have a wonderful idea for a playlist: breaking the ten commandments.




I keep getting Lauryn Hill's "Everything to Everything" stuck in my head, specifically the "after winter, must come spring" lyric, and it got me thinking about how there are so few songs celebrating winter. (Which makes winter-loving me sad.)
* Dar's "February" is very woeful -- "February was so long, that it lasted into March . . . I tried to remember, but I said, 'What's a flower?'"
* Tori's "Winter" is more positive -- "Wipe my nose Get my new boots on I get a little warm in my heart When I think of winter" -- but it's not really about winter.

I know people have done seasonal mixes in the past. Anyone have any winter ones? Or just suggestions of winter songs would be fine.
2:43p
"I know I've made some very poor decisions recently"
Millionaire this week is movie themed, so I say things like "I haven't seen that" a lot, though sometimes I do know the answer.

Today, one question (I don't remember what dollar value, but it was past the $1000 mark 'cause the woman got it wrong but went home with $1000) I knew easy but neither Mary Alice nor Eric knew. And the audience was totally split, with the correct answer not even getting the highest percentage. *boggles*

Thus, I ask the flist. I should do this as a multiple-choice poll, but I only remember two of the choices, so instead I'll just flat-out ask the question. Answer without asking anyone else or a search engine.

Poll #678831 2001: A Space Odyssey

In the opening scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey, what airborne object turns into a spaceship?

I don't know.
5(29.4%)
I have a guess.
5(29.4%)
Duh!
7(41.2%)

I believe the answer is:

11:59p
Emmanuel Lutheran Evening Prayer Service (as Ephiphany season draws to a close)
One of the chants was:
Where true charity and love abide, God is dwelling there; God is dwelling there.
The Latin has a slightly different repetition:
Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Scripture: John 5:19-29
I find this passage troubling to the idea of Christ=God, and the meditation didn't seem to connect to the Scripture all that much.

Meditation: "The Heart of Christ" from Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado
Blah blah blah, Jesus was wonderful and amazing.
One thing I did like was the idea of being connected but not transformed -- like getting electricity in your house but only using it to turn on your candles at night.
Sidenote: My mom's brother sent her the story recently of the elephant who crossed a river with a flea on its back and when they got to the other side the flea said "We did a great job, didn't we?" and the elephant replied, "What did you do?"  My uncle said that the elephant is Jehovah and we sometimes get a skewed idea of how much control we have over what happens in our lives.




Evening service through Lent is themed "The Beatitudes of Promise."
March 2: Blessed are They
March 9: The Promise of Comfort
March 16: The Promise of Inheritance
March 23: The Promise of Righteousness
March 30: The Promise of Mercy
April 6: The Promise of Seeing God

You are invited to the Lenten Season at Emmanuel Church

In recent decades the focus of Lent has returned to the significance it had in the early centuries of the church.  Rather than a forty-day reflection on the sufferings and death of Jesus, the purpose of Lent is to lead us to the destination of Easter, when we renew our baptismal vows and celebrate the paschal mystery of Jesus' death and resurrection.  As Lent was originally a season to prepare candidates for baptism, the entire assembly observes these intense weeks dedicated to spiritual formation as it prepares for the paschal feast

[snip]

Sunday Schedule for Lent

The following themes and lessons will be the focus of our Sunday worship services.  We hope that you might read them at home as well, joining us in the discipline of Lenten devotions and prayer.

March 5 - Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15
March 12 - Genesis 17:1-16, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38
March 19 - Exodus 20:10-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22
March 26 - Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21
April 2 - Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33

[snip]

The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, March 15

    At 7:00 in the evening, we will gather around the "new fire" of resurrection in the court year of Grace Episcopal Church and then wait in vigil for the first announcement that, "The Lord is Risen"
    The Easter Vigil is the ancient and powerful celebration of the new creation that springs from Jesus' open tomb.
    The Easter fire, the lighting of the paschal candle, the chanting of the Easter proclamation, the baptismal washing that buries us with Christ and raises us to new life -- all these powerful actions draw us into the wonder of the resurrection.
    As we sit in the darkness we hear the whole story, from the creation through the exodus and the prophets, ending the liturgy with the first taste of resurrection joy.

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