Flesh and Spirit: Born of Swirling Stardust; Called by Desire

Our Lenten series is grounded in the images of the Ash Wednesday Evening Prayer, with its theme of dust and ashes enlivened by God as holy Desire, and Elder Diane Longboat's reference to the swirling stardust on Lent.

The Ashes that begin our Lenten journey call us to awe of the capacity of stardust melded with Desire to become partners in Creation. Lent invites us to see ourselves as we really are, and re-discover God who is with us there. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the arc of history is long, and it curves toward justice. That is the promise and the call of the Lenten gospels. The question the ashes pose, is a question of self-awareness and self-examination: do our lives curve with the arc of justice?

Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman at the Well, the Blind Man and Lazarus's resurrection inspire us to mindful awareness of our ultimate mortality, and penultimate possibilities of lives lived pursuing oneness with Divine Desire and the Eros of God, the Eros of the Cross. Are you ready to walk with us this Lent?

Services in this series included:

  • April 16 - Easter Sunday­ Breakfast and Messy Church
    10:00 am in the Gym at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Saturday, April 15 - Easter Vigil Ralph Carl Wushke Presiding
    Bloor Street United Church
    9:00 pm ­Silent Vigil
    10:00 pm Service

  • April 14 - Good Friday - Contemporary Reflections on the Passion
    Joint Service 10:30 am at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church

  • April 13 - Maundy Thursday Foot-washing Service
    Joint Service 6:00 pm at Bloor Street United Church

  • Sunday, April 9 - Palm/Passion Sunday
    Michael Carens-Nedelsky & Allison Smith
    10:30 am, in the chapel, Trinity St. Paul's United Church

  • Sun, April 2 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Lazarus
    Joy Cowan

  • Sun, March 26
    UCC Remits
    Ron Macfarlane

  • Sun, March 19
    Samaritan Woman
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, March 12
    Nicodemus
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, March 5
    Healing Journeys in Indigenous Communities
    Diane Longboat