Lent 1: Be Undone, Be Remade

The Spirit leads into a wilderness.pinecrest_lake_jan_2017


Surely goodness and mercy shall attend us at every step.steps_beach







The Human One was in the wilderness with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.


God of the desert, may we recognize the tempter when he comes; let it be your bread we eat…you alone we worship.beach_wave_feb_2017_2










***Images: Jay Emerson Johnson, 2016-17

***Text: the Gospel according to Matthew (4:1), according to Mark (11:13), the Psalmist (23:6), the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer.


Beloved Dust, Take Heart

Almighty God, you created us out of the dust of the earth…










you hate nothing you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent…



create and make in us new and contrite hearts…



…that we, too, may thoroughly love all that you have made.



***Image 2 was created by Ludovic Florent for his 2014 exhibit, Pousièrres d’étoiles (“stardust“).

***Image 3 is part of Oliver Valsecchi‘s 2009 series “Dust,” that explores the figure of the phoenix rising from the ashes — and in this case, actual ashes from his fireplace.

***Image 4, Reiko Murakami, 2014.

Text taken from or inspired by the Book of Common Prayer, 1979