“The Cord of Commitment” by Peter Bankson

February 21, 2021

The First Sunday in Lent

Last time I offered the Word here, on the first Sunday of September, we were almost six months into the Coronavirus pandemic, praying to discover some secret that would bring a quick end to the anger and the isolation.

And here we are, six months later, scanning the horizons of our experience, looking for signs of grace that will companion us through the rest of this dark winter of the soul as we learn some painful lessons about how to change our ways of learning to live with isolation and anger. We need to regain our balance and find a new equilibrium, a new solid rock on which to stand while we help our planet heal in ways that will sustain and support a vital, just and peaceful future.…

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2021 Lent: Signs of Grace

Click here for a printable copy of the 2021 Lent Liturgy



Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There’s no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about any more than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good looks or bring about your own birth. A good sleep is grace and so are good dreams. Most tears are grace. The smell of rain is grace. Somebody loving you is grace. Loving somebody is grace. Have you ever tried to love somebody? … There’s only one catch.…

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2021 Lent Lectionary: Signs of Grace


What do you think is a sign of grace?

February 18
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
March 21
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
February 21
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15 
March 28
Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Mark 11:1-11
February 28
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38
Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 



March 7
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22
April 1
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 
March 14
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
April 4
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

Click here for a printable copy of the 2021 Lent lectionary

Readings are available on the internet at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//

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2021 Bokamoso Virtual Visit

February 14, 2021

The Feast of the Transfiguration

Roy Barber and Elese Sizemore spoke about the history of Bokamoso and the project’s relationship with Seekers. The following is a transcript of their remarks.

Roy began: Thank you, I welcome the opportunity to talk about this group. I guess I’ve been committed to them for about 25 years, through Seekers support.…

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