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Lent 3.1

Lent begins today with Ash Wednesday.  Join us tonight at 6:30pm for a simple soup supper and at 7:30pm for a meaningful worship service with the imposition of ashes. 

This year during Lent our blog will feature a poem, video, prayer or reflection each day.  Each week will have a Lenten theme to tie the posts together.  On Sundays you'll be invited to read and ponder the scripture for the day. 

As we begin our Lenten journey, let these words about Ash Wednesday guide us.  They are by Rachel Held Evans, an author and blogger, and come from her book, Searching for Sunday.

Once a year, on a Wednesday, we mix ashes with oil.  We light candles and confess to one another and to God that we have sinned by what we have done and what we have left undone.  We tell the truth.  Then we smear ashes on our foreheads and together acknowledge the single reality upon which every Catholic and Protestant, beliver and athiest, scientist and mystic can agree: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."  It's the only thing we know for sure: we will die.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

But a long time aga, a promise was made.  A prophet called Isaiah said a messenger would come to proclaim good news to the poor and brokenhearted, "to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garmet of praise instead of a spirit of despair."  Those who once repented in dust and ashes "will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor" (Isaiah 61:3).  

We could not become like God, so God became like us.


Peace,
Laurie 
 
Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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