The Cold Springer - Week of March 31st, 2019
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 - MP & Lenten Musical
Let God Love
But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. From the Gospel of Luke
Read the rest of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, theologian and writer. Increasingly, he became concerned about social justice and community. His book, The Return if the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, was inspired by his encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son. The short story below is a moment in Nouwen’s long, spiritual adventure. Like the Prodigal Son in Luke’s Gospel, Nouwen’s life was a journey home to God.
For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of a spiritual life - pray always, work for others, read the scriptures - and avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.
Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.
As we cross into the second half of the Lenten season, may we find way to let ourselves be found, known and loved by God. Our journey towards healing and wholeness, towards the cross and beyond into the grace of resurrection, is a journey of letting go and letting God meet us even when we are still far off.
Peace and All Good!
The Rev. Jesse Lebus
Stone Soup Sunday
Sunday, March 31st
10am: Morning Prayer w/ Musical
11am: Stone Soup Luncheon
This Sunday, March 24th
Please bring your three quarts
of delicious homemade soup!
This week, all children are invited to stay in the big church and watch the Lenten musical, the Tale of the Three Trees. This musical takes the place of the sermon and coincides with our luncheon. Stay after to share in the meal for a free-will offering or purchase a quart to take home. All proceeds go to support our Outreach Ministry.
Kids in Community
Wednesdays in Lent
April 3, 10, and 17
6:30 - 8 pm.
A Lenten retreat for young people (8-11). All of us will eat together, but when the "Life in Community" program begins for adults in Bleecker Hall the young people will go to the church to play games and create crafts, focusing on bible passages that touch on life in Christian community. A great opportunity for kids and parents.
Begins: Friday, April 12th at 6:00 pm
Ends: Saturday, April 13th at 10:15 am
Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Ave, Garden City, NY 11530
Come enjoy the magic of the Cathedral of the Incarnation after Dark! Join us for an overnight experience for youth groups and adult chaperones leading into Holy Week!
Food & Fellowship & Fun - Contemplative Worship - Service Opportunity - Climb the Bell Tower
The cost is $20 per youth. There is no cost for adult chaperones accompanying youth.
For more information, please contact our curate and chaperone, the Rev. Jesse Lebus: [email protected]