Today is Ash Wednesday. I invite you to join us at St. John for worship with Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes. We have a soup bread and pie meal at 12:00 and starting at 5:30 with Worship at 12:30 and 7:00. If you come for the noon meal and worship and need to get back to work, please feel free to stay as long as you can.
As part of our service we will hear the following words: “Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus' passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.
We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God's mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus' death and resurrection.”
So the question is how will you follow a “discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor.”? Maybe it is giving things up, that is an age old practice. One young lady I know is giving up coffee, chocolate and gum. That sounds a tad drastic to me… I am giving up my diet Coke, which if you know me at all well, is a big deal. I am also taking on a couple of disciplines. This blog is one of them. I will try and post daily here. I am also blogging on my personal blog as well and doing some photography as a devotional exercise. Alms giving is also an old Lenten practice. The giving of finances to the church, and to the poor, it can also be doing by giving the gift of your time and talents. No matter how you observe Lent the point is not our actions toward God, but remembering and living out what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Blessings on your Ash Wednesday and your Lenten discipline.