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litany for Lent: stop in the name of Love

Stop! In the Name of Love.
Let us stop, pause, reflect, and discern just who we are
and where we are going as we embark in this season of Lent.

Stop! In the Name of Love.

“In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the River Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves.” (- Frederick Beuchner)

Stop! In the Name of Love.

“Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood.
Teach us to care and not to care” (- T.S.Elliot)

Stop! In the Name of Love.

“Stop! In the name of love
Before you break my heart… Think it over” (- Diana Ross & the Supremes)

Stop! In the Name of Love.

God of Eternity, break into this time and space.
Move in us and among us in ways
that stir our hearts and capture out attention.
Slow us down from just enough
so that your claim upon our lives can catch up with us,
and we remember once again just who we are.
Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Jon Brown, Pastor, Old Bergen Church, Jersey City, NJ

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