Showing posts from January, 2024

February 2024 Lion's Roar: All things Lent

  In just a few short weeks, Lent will be here.   Lent is a time for self-inventory, self-discipline, and self-improvement.   We have some special events to help you on your journey.             “Forty Days through Mark with St. Mark’s” will upload to our Facebook page Monday through Saturday at 7a.   We’ll start with a reading from the Gospel of Mark and I’ll make a few comments on the text.   The entire Gospel of Mark will be read by the end of the forty days.             Each Tuesday (starting 2/21) Deacon Dorothy will lead our Lenten series.   We’ll gather at 4p for a meal of soup and bread.   The program will be from 5-6p.   Join us at All Saints’ or on Zoom.             Fridays at 4p Dorothy and Andy will lead us in a virtual Stations of the Cross via Zoom.             Lent Madness will be back.   A bracket of 32 Saints has been assembled.   Read about each Saint at to fill out your bracket.   Each day during Lent (with a few exceptions), two Saints face o

"What's in a Label?" **sermon for 2 Epiphany B, 14 January 2024**

  I Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) + Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 + I Corinthians 6:12-20 + John 1:43-51 “Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin You never come out the way you came in.”   I feel I have always known this little chant.   Even as a very young child.   I am not sure how or where I learned it.   Perhaps it is just a north shore Boston thing.   I don’t know.   Lynn, the city in question, is outside of Danvers and Salem.   Yes, THAT Salem of the witch trials infamy. Popular lore has it that Lynn, in its past, had a history of corruption and lawlessness.   Especially during prohibition.   Lynn was then known for bootlegging, prostitution, and other illegal activities.   Think of Chicago during the same era with Capone and the other gangsters. I wonder what Nathanael has in mind.   Philip tells him about a learned teacher and healer from Nazareth.   Nazareth of all places!   One has to ask “what is Nazareth’s reputation at the time that Nathanael remarks: ‘can anything good come out of Nazare