Charles Allen

About Charles Allen

Fr. Charles Allen is an Episcopal priest who has served GraceUnlimited since 2004. Rather than providing all the answers, he prefers to ask a lot of questions, and he welcomes yours, too.

For March 29 (Lent 5, Year A)

Psalm 130 During this pandemic it seems appropriate to stick with the Psalms again this week. The psalm appointed for Sunday is Psalm 130: “Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord ...” Out of the depths—isn’t that where [...]

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For March 22 (Lent 4, Year A)

Psalm 23 “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me.” Almost everybody recognizes Psalm 23. “The LORD is my shepherd...” It shows up in the lectionary for this Sunday. [...]

By |2020-03-21T10:32:34+00:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 22 (Lent 4, Year A)

For March 15 (Lent 3, Year A)

John 4:5-42 In this week’s Gospel lesson a woman Jesus meets in Samaria learns that all the secrets she thought she had were already known.  We call her “the woman at the well”—as in the gospel song I’d just as soon forget [...]

By |2020-03-12T09:22:29+00:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 15 (Lent 3, Year A)

For March 8 (Lent 2, Year A)

John 3:1-17 I remember learning in high school that we could find the message of the whole Bible in just one verse, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in [...]

By |2020-03-02T13:48:07+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 8 (Lent 2, Year A)

For March 1 (Lent 1, Year A)

Matthew 4:1-11 This is the first Sunday in Lent, and so it’s not surprising that the Gospel lesson would be about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. When we hear this story, it helps us be patient with our own temptations. We know [...]

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For February 26 (Ash Wednesday, All Years)

Service for Ash Wednesday (online here) The very name for this day focuses on “the imposition of ashes”—the moment where the minister dips a thumb into the ashes and traces the sign of the cross on the worshipper’s forehead. It can be [...]

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For February 16 (Epiphany 6, Year A)

Matthew 5:21-37 This Gospel lesson is daunting. Jesus says that we fall short of God's reign if even our most trivial-seeming thoughts and attitudes fall short of mutual love. (Lust, for example, falls short of mutual love; it’s a selfish desire to [...]

By |2020-02-16T13:04:04+00:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 16 (Epiphany 6, Year A)

For February 9 (Epiphany 5, Year A)

Isaiah 58:1-12 The season of Lent is approaching, though still several weeks away. (As a kid, when I first heard the word “Lent,“ I thought people were talking about laundry—I soon learned otherwise.) But one of our readings for this week puts [...]

By |2020-02-03T13:11:30+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 9 (Epiphany 5, Year A)