A Rich Past and a Vibrant Future
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Please see the attached letter and prayer, created by one of the Trialogue Task Forces for use in all of our parishes. Thank you!
from the rev. anne seddon
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:39-43
"One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding Jesus and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
In the course of my Holy Week reading, I came across a thoughtful reflection on the above passage offered by Dr Daniel Lacich in the Trinity School for Ministry Lenten Devotional. I have chosen to share that with you today.
"As Jesus was suffering on the cross on our behalf, Luke tells us there were two different perspectives, literally and theologically, as to what was taking place. The thief hanging on one side 'railed at him' (23:39), while the thief looking at Jesus from the other side cried out 'remember me when you come into your kingdom' (23:42). One saw his own suffering and raged at Jesus, the other saw his own guilt and cried out to Jesus.
When we look upon the cross we need to have two perspectives. One that sees the suffering of Jesus on our behalf and the other that sees our sin and guilt as being what necessitated that suffering. We can either flee from the reality of our sin at that point, as the first thief tried to do. Or we can humbly accept the reality of our brokenness and cry out to Jesus as the second thief did.
But there is something more that the second thief helps us to see. He saw that Jesus was not just another man. The thief saw something much more. He saw that Jesus was the King and that he would be established in a kingdom. He also saw the injustice of the King being crucified and yet somehow knew that he could benefit from that injustice. But that benefit was not automatic. He knew he must humble himself and ask."
May we each have a blessed and spiritually rich Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (Triduum). Then rejoice in a glorious Easter celebration as from the depths of our beings we pray with the psalmist: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, let all that is within me bless his holy Name!" (Psalm 103:1)
Acknowledging my brokenness and laying at the foot of the cross.
Lord Jesus, rescue me a sinner and grant me entrance into your Kingdom. Give me eyes to see as the thief who cried out to you, that I may cry out to you daily to receive the joy of your presence, and the gift of salvation, from you my one true King. AMEN!
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Just because we can't be together doesn't mean we can't pray together!
Prayer for Sundays:
"In union, O Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. AMEN"
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Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church
At Christ Episcopal Church, we are a congregation whose mission is to know Christ and to make Him known to others. We are a welcoming congregation. You may be a cradle Episcopalian, a non-believer or somewhere in between. We are an inclusive community which supports all lifestyle choices. We want to be your loving home where you are nourished and grow in God’s love. We want to accompany you on a journey which deepens your faith, grounds you spiritually and surrounds you with loving acceptance. When we share the peace of our Lord - we mean it! Children eagerly scamper to share the peace with parents in the choir, while acolytes light from the altar to greet family in the pews. Our peace may take a while longer than you’re used to as we warmly greet each other in Christ’s name.
We are located in the heart of downtown and actively partner with the Salvation Army, New Horizons Shelter (from abuse), United Campus Ministries and Coulee Council on Recovery to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and the greater La Crosse Community. We minister daily to those living on the margins of society seeking acceptance, spiritual guidance, financial assistance and hope in a world where they seek to find their place in God’s plan.
Hospitality, outreach, and education are all part of our mission within and beyond our congregation. We minister to our members and visitors alike. We bring Communion, blessings, anointing, guidance and counseling to members within our parish as well as those who cannot come to church due to age, illness, or disability. We honor those with special worship needs, certified service animals are welcome. We are committed to our children, seniors and all those in between.
Our church members include a broad cross section of society. La Crosse hosts two world class hospitals highly rated by the U.S. World News and Reports. We also host three colleges; vast recreational, hunting and fishing opportunities; plus a thriving art and music scene. All these are situated within two miles of our front door. Click here to learn more about our amazing city and community.
We are one of 19 parishes of the Diocese of Eau Claire. We’re members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, part of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America who reside and worship in North and Western counties of Wisconsin.