The Chronicles of Narnia are an overt Christian allegory. The Lord of the Rings is steeped in Christian theology, particularly in its pitting good versus evil.  But what on earth could a morally complex story full of lots of gray areas like Game of Thrones possibly have to teach us about Christian faith? “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”

Winter is Coming

March 5, 2014, Ash Wednesday, 11pm
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


March 9, 2014, First Sunday in Lent
The Temptation in the Wilderness
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7; Psalm 32 (UMH 766); Romans 5:12–19; Matthew 4:1–11

“You Know Nothing, Jon Snow”

March 16, 2014, Second Sunday in Lent, 7pm
The New Birth
Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121 (UMH 844); Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17

We Do Not Sow

March 23, 2014, Third Sunday in Lent, 7pm
The Samaritan Woman at the Well & The Fields Ripe for Harvest
Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95 (UMH 814); Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–42

I Have a Tender Spot for Cripples and Bastards and Broken Things

March 30, 2014, Fourth Sunday in Lent, 7pm
The Healing of the Man Born Blind
1 Samuel 16:1–13; Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137); Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41

What Is Dead May Never Die

April 6, 2014, Fifth Sunday in Lent, 7pm
The Raising of Lazarus
Ezekiel 37:1–14; Psalm 130 (UMH 848); Romans 8:6–11; John 11:1–45

Valar Morghulis; Valar Dohaeris—All Men Must Die; All Men Must Serve

April 13, 2014, Sixth Sunday in Lent (Passion/Palm Sunday), 7pm
The Passion & Crucifixion
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16 (UMH 764); Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66

Night Gathers—And Now My Watch Begins

April 17, 2014, Maundy Thursday, 11pm
The Agony in the Garden
Mark 14:22-49

The Man Who Passes the Sentence Should Swing the Sword

April 18, 2014, Good Friday, 12 noon
The Sentencing and Crucifixion of Jesus
Matthew 27:11-26

For the Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors

April 19, 2014, Easter Vigil, midnight
The Empty Tomb
Matthew 28:1–10

There Is Only One Thing We Say to Death: Not Today

April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, 7pm
The Resurrection
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 (UMH 839); Colossians 3:1–4; Matthew 28:1–10

Listen to “A Game of Alleluias”, my setting of Easter Alleluias to the theme from Game of Thrones, sung as the recessional on Easter Sunday.