Full moon in the desert sky

A Poem for Lent by Rob K.

Full moon in the desert sky
Echoes of temptation swirl in the breeze
My eyes face the east
Standing vigil
In my brokenness
Waiting for hope
In my shame
Waiting for acceptance
The stones that sit on the cracked desert floor
Wait to cry out
Shadows emerge from the darkness
Brought forth by the dawn
A sun rises in the east

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#40WordPrayer on TIME

In his Lenten devotional, “40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words,” Bruce Reyes-Chow encourages readers to pause in the bustle of their daily lives to reflect, engage, and share during the Lenten season. Forty devotions are each framed around a word inspired by the daily lectionary readings and include a short scriptural passage, inspirational prayer, and reflection. Pastor Eric is using them for his devotions this Lent.

Here is the prayer on Time:


By Bruce Reyes-Chow, from 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life

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The Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son has inspired countless artists over the years. For a contemporary version of the story, check out this song by Sidewalk Prophets: “Prodigal

Do you have any songs or images based on the parable that find meaningful?

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Holy Communion

Last night, at our Lenten Soup ‘n’ Sing, we began a series of reflections on the names for Holy Communion. Every name for the communion meal recognizes that this meal is a means of grace in which we encounter the love of God in the eating and drinking of bread and wine. At the same time, each of these names also reveals a different facet of the mystery of this sacrament.

The first name we considered was “Holy Communion”. As noted in Sundays and Seasons 2016 (published by Augsburg Fortress):

This name emphasizes the relationship between the assembly and Christ and the relationship among those who eat the meal. When we eat and drink the bread and wine of the meal, we receive the body of Christ as the presence of Jesus and become the body of Christ as a community. We are bound together as one community by sharing this meal together, now and with those from every time and place.

What other names do we use? Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, Mass, Sacrament of the Altar…we will be exploring these names over the next few Wednesday evenings.

Holy Communion

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Ash Wednesday

Here is a poem for the day:

Ash Wednesday by Malcolm Guite

Ash Wednesday

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Welcome to Lent

Welcome back to our blog! You’ve arrived just in time for Lent. We’ll be posting images and reflections for the season, some of which are submitted by our congregation. We hope they are meaningful to you.

To begin, here is a reflection by Winnipeg singer/songwriter Steve Bell. Steve notes that for the Eastern Church, Lent typically begins not with Ash Wednesday, but with Clean Monday:

Beginning Lent: Clean Monday

Ash Wednesday

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55th Anniversary Service—Favourite Hymn Poll

On October 18, we will celebrate our 55th Anniversary. The sending hymn that day will be the congregation’s favourite hymn, as selected by you!

Voting is open to anyone who has worshipped with us at Good Shepherd. (If you are a visitor to our website, but haven’t attended our church, we’d love to hear from you—in the comments section below or by email—but please don’t vote in this poll.)

You may vote for up to three different hymns, but please vote only one time.

Update: Our poll is now closed, and the votes will be tallied. A big thank-you to all who participated! Please join us this Sunday, October 18, to celebrate our 55th Anniversary and sing your favourite hymn!

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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for Sunday, August 30:

This will be the last entry in our summer blog series, and it seems we have come full circle. After several of weeks of readings from John 6, we return to the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus contrasts the tradition of the elders with the commandment of God. And our reflection on this text comes once again from David Lose:

For further contemplation, here is a visual art piece relating to today’s reading from James. It is an image by 20th century artist Rene Magritte called “Not To Be Reproduced”.

Magritte painted this Surrealist artwork in 1937 prior to the outbreak of World War 2. Europe was trying to make sense of a world turned upside-down by the First World War. Surrealist art found inspiration in dreams and the unusual juxtaposition of objects in order to reflect the confusion of modern society and the alienating effect of increasing industrialization. For more on this artist, see http://www.renemagritte.org.

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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for Sunday, August 23:

This week’s Gospel lesson is the culmination of Jesus’s teaching on the bread of life. After his difficult words, he asks his disciples if they wish to leave; Peter answers, “Lord, to whom can we go?”. The reflection on this text comes from Melissa Bane Sevier:

For further contemplation, here is a visual art piece relating to the reading from John 6 regarding the bread that does not give life and that which does. It is an image by 20th century artist Pablo Picasso called “The Blind Man’s Meal”.

Picasso painted this in 1903 in the middle of his famous “Blue Period”. His art from this period was notable for its blue tone and themes of melancholy, human suffering, and depression. For more on this art work, see http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/50.188.

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for Sunday, August 16:

This is the third week of “living bread” from the Gospel of John—Jesus continues to shock his listeners by talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. The reflection on this text comes from Andrew Prior, a Uniting Church Minister in Adelaide, Australia:


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