Lent

Lent

Have you thought about observing Lent this year? The six-week lead up to Easter Sunday begins this week on Wednesday, February 14th, the day known as “Ash Wednesday”. I’ve always been mindful of the season of Lent. At my church it is a tradition to omit the “Alleluia’s” from the worship service, sing in minor keys and observe a lot of silence. All this for me makes Easter Sunday all the more special, exciting and meaningful. But could I do more this Lenten season? I’ve never really focused on any kind of sacrifice, prayer or service during Lent. I have many friends that will give up chocolate, some other kind of food or skip certain meals. They might read scripture daily or perhaps participate in a Bible study. Some will devote time for daily prayer or random acts of kindness. All of these acts are intentional and in remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. So now at the young age of 55, I’m thinking twice about how I can reflect and serve during Lent this year. I hear God telling me to be quiet. I hear God telling me to reflect, meditate, wait and listen. I hear soft acoustic guitar music in my head. Now I know most of you are saying how can the “loudest woman in the world” be quiet? Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do have a brand new dry erase board to write things down on to remind me to be reverent. Dear God, help me to observe Lent this season. Help me to listen to Your...
Reflection

Reflection

What a week!  I am both exhausted and riding on a cloud.  God has been so good and I am so thankful that we were able to help people to get out of the cold for 8 days.  It was an amazing task and I am so grateful for the support, encouragement, generosity, and relationships from people all over Wilmington.  This was truly a community endeavor and it has revealed the heart of such a terrific city. One thing that I have been reflecting on was how much we were like family over the last 8 days.  Sometimes we got on each other’s nerves, we cried together, we laughed together, we watched football together, we prayed together, and we ate together (boy did we eat).  People from all over the community would come and hangout with all of us.  We had a karaoke night, card games, dancing, and a lot of fun.  While at the same time there were disappointments, like people that would leave to go out into the cold because they just couldn’t be around so many people (because there were a lot of people). As I have been thinking about family, I am reflecting about how one night it felt like heaven and earth kissed.  On the night that we had karaoke we had someone that got up and sang a song called “Tennessee Whiskey”.  While he was singing (and he was really getting into it), a woman in her 50’s started dancing with a guy who was in his late 20’s and it was amazing!  It was that moment where I saw family.  It was...
Acknowledging Reality – Race

Acknowledging Reality – Race

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  At The Anchor we want to look at the reality of our landscape and talk about race and racism.  We want to open up a dialogue and be intentional with our time.  In Wilmington, and the entirety of our nation, race has become a topic that has shaped us and continues to shape us.  Let us look at this topic through the lens of the Prodigal Son and see what God has to say to us through this...
Acknowledging Reality – Meaningful Work

Acknowledging Reality – Meaningful Work

On Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find that the youngest son squandered all of his inheritance and a severe famine happened to break out in the land.  This was a tragic time for the prodigal and he couldn’t find meaningful work.  He instead had to sell himself to a pig farmer, who didn’t even pay him enough to eat.  Here in Wilmington we are in need of creative and imaginative people that will help with creating jobs that are meaningful and fulfilling.  Let’s dream...
Acknowledging Reality – Food Scarcity

Acknowledging Reality – Food Scarcity

Tomorrow we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”. We will be focusing on Luke 15.11-32. This day we will be focusing on food scarcity and food insecurity. In this passage we learn that the older brother felt like he should not share food with the younger brother, also the prodigal was so hungry he even longed to eat the pig slop. We invite all of you to continue this journey through the story of the prodigal...

Sweatin’ for Jesus

At The Anchor, we believe in sweat.  We sweat in our worship (it can be hot on a barge), we sweat in our mission (boots on the ground), and we sweat in our fellowship (of course we can’t leave out corn hole).  Sweat is part of our identity.  And, you are not judged if you sweat.  Sweating is part of what makes us —— us. We have been journeying for the last month through the story of the prodigal son.  In this journey we have done a lot of sweating.  We have taken the pulpit and not relegated it to the “professionals”, instead we have turned the microphone around and heard the different ways we are all the prodigal son.  This has been from various people, that are from different walks.  This is part of our distinct calling to be eclectic as sisters & brothers in Christ.  But all of these various perspectives have reminded us that we find ourselves in need (Luke 15.14) in so many ways in Wilmington.  We find shallow relationships, the loss of family & friends, addictions, food scarcity, racism, lack of meaningful work, loneliness & isolation, regret, and no choices. What does God have to say to us in our need? We have people that have recently found themselves part of this congregation, and they have mentioned that they have not heard me preach.  I am so glad that people have had the chance to hear a variety of people looking at the scripture from Luke 15 from different perspectives.  I celebrate that the body of Christ is the focal point in our in...