Ash Wednesday Worship
February 16, 2021
Our time is precious and finite.
Most of us have experienced moments when this truth became abundantly, even painfully, clear. It’s hard for us to hold onto that truth in the midst of our day to day lives. There is just so much vying for our attention.
But each year, on Ash Wednesday, I place ashes on the foreheads of people I have grown to love and remind them of their mortality. Which reminds me of my own.
I don’t know that Jesus had a countdown in his own heart and mind, pointing to a particular date, but he knew that his time on earth was drawing to a close. There is a greater sense of urgency in his words once he sets his face for Jerusalem.
Not one of us knows when our time on this earth will end, nor how it will come. But we who follow Jesus know that there is meaningful work to be done in the days we do have.
We carry a great treasure in these clay jars that will one day crumble back to dust. We carry the light of resurrection, and the world needs us to let it shine.
May these weeks walking with Jesus allow us to lay down our burdens and distractions, open our hearts to his wisdom, and fall more deeply in love with God and the world we are called to serve.
February 11, 2021
How will we walk with Jesus in this Lenten Season?
Next Wednesday (the 17th), we will mark Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of reflection and penitence. Folks often fast from activities or foods to make space for new practices related to prayer, learning and giving.
We observe Lent individually, but also as households and as a congregation that is part of the global family of God.
You have already been invited into one shared Lenten practice for 2021 – our Learn & Listen small groups. As we gather to learn about being a vibrant and healthy church, we will listen to one another and God for how we can live into vitality together.
I’d like to invite you to consider other practices that will engage you – heart, soul, mind and strength. We have a packet of materials to support you and your household during Lent.
CLICK HERE to preview the “menu” of practices listed.
- The GSMA Lenten Luncheons (Covid Edition) & Devotional Booklet
- Loving our Neighbors
- Loving our Global Neighbors (One Great Hour of Sharing)
- Experiencing a Labyrinth
A brief Ash Wednesday worship service will be available for viewing early on February 17. Pastor Laura will be at the portico by the Fellowship Hall between 12 and 2pm to impose ashes.
You can drive up, and she’ll come to your window. Just be sure to remain masked, and please stay home if you are feeling ill at all.