Lenten Collection

A Lenten Collection

A Lenten Collection

Lent: We walk into the gathering danger & doubt surrounding Jesus as he made choices that led to the Cross.
This is a time of preparation & reflection.
Where have you been this year & where might you be going?
What are the things that have kept your journey on pause?
What are the choices you have made that you would like to revisit?
A Lenten Collection


Welcome to the Lenten Collection of A Deacon’s Musing. I hope these prose & poetic blogs are of use for reflection and listening during these 40 days. Please choose one of the Tabs to the left to explore further.

Silent Words

Silent Words

Feb 24/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|The Fast
In this first 2012 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard reflects on what introducing a discipline into our lives might reveal.

Mar 2/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Burden Light
In this Lenten blog, Dea. Richard muses – following the 2012 Annual Gathering – about how thinking we ‘own’ the Good News quickly becomes a burden.

Mar 9/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Authority & Power
Following the Awards Season during Lent in 2012, Dea. Richard wonders about what we mean – as Christians seekers – in whom or in what we trust.

Mar 16/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Poetry & Remits
In 2012, as our United Church of Canada reviewed some of its foundational documents, Dea. Richard explored the power of poetry.

Mar 23/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Heroes
In this Lenten blog, Dea. Richard wrestled with what a hero might be from a Christian vantage and whether that differs from what our secular culture celebrates.

Mar 29/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Waving Flags
In this Palm Sunday Lenten blog, Dea. Richard mused – with discomfort – whether we are lazy when it comes to endeavouring to live into discipleship?

Apr 5/12

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Resurrected Irreverent
In this Easter Sunday Lenten blog, Dea. Richard explored the tension between faith & religion, literalism & mysticism and whether such discussions distract us from the power that is Resurrection

Feb 14/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Abba
For the first week in Lent 2013, Dea. Richard journeyed with the image of God as Male and explores the tension with ‘constructed’ gender.

Feb 21/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Kingdom
In the second Lenten week in 2013, Dea. Richard mused about the Kingdom and whether it implies who’s ‘in’ and others who are ‘out.’

Feb 28/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Bread
As the third week of Lent 2013 unfolded, Dea. Richard blogged about the third line of the Lord’s Prayer and wonders how prayer & bread connect & sustain.

Mar 8/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Forgiveness
In this fourth week of Lent, Dea. Richard asks for what might we need to be forgiven? What does forgiveness mean for you?

Mar 17/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Temptation
Dea. Richard explores Temptation from the 5th line of the Lord’s Prayer for this Lenten blog. Anything grab you?

Mar 24/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Bullying
In this fifth week of Lent, Dea. Richard reflected on bullying, Bill 18, and intolerance dressed in ‘freedom.’

Mar 29/13

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Dice
During this final week in Lent, Dea. Richard reflected on Good Friday and expanded on the story of the soldiers @ the cross.

Mar 7/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Wonder
As Lent unfolded in 2014, Dea. Richard reflected on a visit over coffee and mused about the hurt church can cause and the gift in claiming wonder, even in difficult conversations.

Mar 15/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Kindness
After hearing a Reflection about ‘kindness,’ Dea. Richard wrestles deeper into the meaning of the word and how – in fact – it may very well be a temptation for those who enjoy privilege!

Mar 23/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|War
As the world seems to square off in Eastern Europe in a way that is reminiscent of Cold War scenarios, Dea. Richard digs into his own story trying to reconcile various puzzles in himself. How might faith address the dangers of global scaled conflict?

Mar 28/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Lefty
So what does membership mean in The United Church of Canada? Often it’s a point of tension … what if it was a place of wonder? What if it was a process to dig deep into Holy Mystery? Interested? Let’s see where this musing takes Dea. Richard!

Apr 4/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Poetry
Dea. Richard uses poetry to muse about Lent. What does fatigue mean as you reflect on the path you find yourself?

Apr 11/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|E-Word II
Dea. Richard returns to blog about his ongoing exploration of the word, evangelism? What’s your experience of how the word has been used?

Apr 20/14

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|The Promise
In this final Lenten blog, Dea. Richard explores Easter as The Promise and how art and music might be the best way to convey this gift.

Feb 19/15

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Shadows
In this first Lenten blog of 2015, Dea. Richard attempt to use the images of shadows and light to explain Lent to those for whom the season may be new.

Feb 27/15

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Intention
Dea. Richard muses – in this Lenten blog – about how prayer might be understood as a discipline or practice of intention.

March 5/15

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Forgiveness 2.0
In this Lenten blog, Dea. Richard muses what might the #Lenten discipline of penance mean if it were explored as an act of forgiveness?

March 13/15

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Vignette (Chris)
Dea. Richard explores the last several Lenten blog subjects – intention, forgiveness and shadows & light – through Chris’ story.

March 21/15

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Brokenness
In this final Lenten blog for 2015, Dea. Richard muses about what sin might mean if approached as ‘brokenness.’

Feb 12/16

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Mindfulness
In this first 2016 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard muses about mindfulness as a an old Christian practice of contemplation and centring.

Feb 26/16

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Generations
In this second 2016 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard muses about how appreciative inquiry might help faith-based communities reflect on how their passion can be harnessed to nurture the generations.

March 4/16

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Structures & Passion
In this third 2016 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard asks the following question: As change sweeps through The United Church of Canada, how shall we embrace passion & mission, in order to be energised by transformation’s promise?

March 11/16

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Faith & Dying
In this forth 2016 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard muses about the tension and potential of the dance between truth and dying. How might these two dancers – central to the Christian journey – lead us into places of embracing solidarity and sacrifice, even in the face of danger?

March 26/16

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|40 Verses
In this final 2016 Lenten blog, Dea. Richard shares the 40 Verses, which he wrote for each day of Lent. Each Verse was written in Twitter and was paired with an image. Each Verse also reflect the meaning of each corresponding number of the Lenten day. Finally, the accompanying Memes, which are displayed in the 4 galleries, are the result of that poetic Lenten discipline.