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A List for Lent

 Ash Wednesday was yesterday.  Some of went to church and received ashes on our foreheads.  The ashes are made from last year's palms.  The ashes are a sign or our mortality.  Ashes also represent our brokenness and our desire for reconciliation, renewal, and restoration. I find it helpful on my Lenten journey to add something to help me as I reflect upon my spiritual life.  There is no "one size" fits all here.  Different things speak to different people in different ways.  What I find helpful and encouraging may not be so for you.  That is perfectly ok. In no special order, here are some things I find helpful in Lent: Listening to the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah as I go about my day. Reading C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters-- or better yet, John Cleese reading it on audiobook. Watching the video versions of Godspell and Jesus Christ, Superstar. Listening to a musical setting of the passion narratives, such as Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. Reading

"Who is This?" **a sermon for 5 Epiphany**

Isaiah 40:21-31 + Psalm 147:1-12, 21c + I Corinthians 9:16-23 + Mark 1:29-39 We are almost at the end of the short season of Epiphany.   Epiphany, you may recall, is about seeing the signs.   Seeing the signs pointing to Jesus’ identity.   Mark’s Gospel, especially, does not want you and me to miss the clues pointing directly to who Jesus is-- the Son of God, the Anointed One. Last week we saw Jesus teaching with power and authority.   Those who heard Jesus were amazed.   Here is, by ancient near East standards, a young man daring to teach.   Neither does Jesus have the benefit of formal training like the Rabbis or other religious leaders.   Yet, Jesus’ words draw the people. Jesus’ power and authority are on full display again this morning.   Jesus’ teaching stuns the synagogue in Capernaum.   Jesus’ authority is not limited to words, however.   He also has the power to send evil spirits running.   Needless to say, this attracts attention!   A lot of attention! Following Sab