Monday Madness -- March 23, 2020

As we find ourselves mired in the Saintly Sixteen portion of the Lent Madness season, Tim and Scott are back with another award-winning* episode of Monday Madness. In the midst of isolation and quarantine, they remind you that connection and community are available through Lent Madness. They also highlight (and comment upon) the Top Ten Reasons to Attend Online Church, as Tim enumerated them on his blog. And Scott shares that he offered a virtual sermon on Psalm 23 last Sunday, in the form of an op-ed for a major news website.

In case that wasn't enough Monday Madness for you, don't forget you can watch the entire NINE-SEASON set of episodes on the LentMadnessTV channel on Youtube. You've got time on your hands since you're stuck at home, so there's never been a better time to watch the highs and lows of Monday Madness from 2012 to the present.

And here's a MONDAY MADNESS FUN FACT: not once in the entire history of Monday Madness have Tim and Scott ever done an episode that required a second take. Though you could argue that some may have been necessary...

* Monday Madness hasn't won any actual awards, but we're sure it would if only we entered it in some kind of contest, or if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had any decency.

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19 comments on “Monday Madness -- March 23, 2020”

  1. I am definitely sharing "Top Ten Reasons to Attend Online Church" with my rector. I particularly like "You can wear your PJs to church". I plan to do that for tomorrow morning's Morning Prayer.
    Just thought of another advantage: you can sing along with the hymns (if you're lucky enough to have them) at the top of your lungs and it won't matter if you're not _quite_ on key.

  2. I am a new subscriber. I was devastated to read the angry, nasty political comments on March 17th. I had been hoping for enjoyable religion, not negativity. What a shame that a few individuals mar the experience for many.

    1. Always look for the joy where yoh can find it. Sometimes we have to shut out the negativity.

  3. You can yawn without trying to conceal it.
    You can skip the pew gymnastics even if you're able bodied.
    No ecclesiastical fish food.
    Everyone sits in a front pew even if they wouldn't be caught dead in one in church.

  4. I really appreciate the effort y'all put into Lent Madness. I'm fortunate to live in a state/county which has not yet put in a total ban on religious freedom. Therefore, the last two weeks I have worshipped with the Greek Orthodox parish next door, the only church in town that's still open on Sunday - The R.C.s, Episcopalians, Protestants, Jews, and Pagans have all closed and locked their doors. My Byzantine genes (I have a few) relish our reunion with Orthodoxy after a few centuries and the smells and bells (Really!!!!) of Freakin' Really High Church reminds me of Episcopal days with the Anglican Missal long ago. Plus being surrounded by a few Hundred Icons of all sizes from big murals to small enamels inside the Chandliers reminds me it is a PERFECT venue for a LENTt MADNESS with our Lord AND the Saints. Presenting myself for communion, the good Patros inquired if I was orthodox. My answer: "No Father, I'm an Anglican." He smiled and said "close enough!" handed me the blessed bread. The real question is, once this has all blown past, will I return to Protestant Episcopal Missionary Society or will inertia keep me reattached to Byzantine. ( I should note that the church practices social distancing and none of the usual physical gestures of friendship (handshakes, hugs, kisses on the cheek, etc. ) combined with lots of sanitizer. )

      1. Our small Episcopalian Church, St. David, in Wadilla, AK had divided our members among volunteer leaders. Each of us calls five to ten other church members at least weekly. We ask four questions. 1. How is your physical health? 2. How is your mental health? 3. What do you need? 4. What can you share with others? We leaders take note and will figure out how to meet the needs of our small but widespread community.
        Besides that, we are using Zoom for the first time. We hold noonday prayer at noon Monday through Friday. We’ve compromised the meeting time of our two Sunday services and use Zoom at 9:00 am. It’s been a huge learning curve for many of us but we feel a strong sense of community.

    1. I agree, Cathie. I always listen at least twice during Monday Madness. I love the list, guys! May share with my rector, as mentioned above. Great stuff. BTW, the front pew comment is so great. We're all there!

  5. I loved this episode, having just participated as one of three choir members in our online service. I love Lent Madness and it has taken on a deeper significance this year.

  6. It was fun attending the Washington Cathedral in pajamas and slippers after having slept in a little Sunday and enjoying coffee Before the normal Coffee hour!

  7. You are so right about tuning in, I got to worship with the Archbishop of Canterbury from my bed, necessary because I have suspected Covid 19 and the prayer options are wonderful. God bless, stay safe and well.

  8. Tim and Scott, Thank you for your Monday Lent Madness "update". Gave me a much needed laughter for the day and throughout the coming week. Too bad, Tim, you weren't photobombed by Jesus :). Scott, anyway you could be photobombed by George T. Dog? 🙂 Until next Monday, stay well and safe. God bless you both.

  9. I'm so glad we were already deep into Lent madness when corona madness come to everyone's attention. While you do so with humor, you also provide support with gentle earnestness. You are, as my father would put is, a prize in the kingdom (what do you want from a retired Episcopal priest). Thank you.

  10. Just a thought ...with online worship, there is the possibility of a catnap, or a slight doze. It's okay! But ... What about snoring???? My dad was in the choir, and this sometimes occurred during "in person" church. In fact, to arouse him from a nap at home, one had only to say, "And now to God the Father, God the Son" and he would come immediately to life!