ENews: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wednesday, February 17th

Ash Wednesday Service @ 7pm Online

A Service of Readings, Meditations, Ashes & Communion


Drive thru at the Maple Parking Lot for 

Ashes & Communion

5:00pm to 6:15pm


Lent begins with dust and ashes. We start this time of intensive preparation for baptism or realigning our lives with the vows of the baptismal covenant acknowledging our human limitations.
We remember we are dust and to dust we will return.
Our efforts in this life will one day be reduced to ashes.
And in the meantime, we have deeply ingrained habits marked by sin,
stained by selfishness, and resistant to our own efforts to change them.

Invitation to Lenten Discipline
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
the early Christians observed with great devotion  the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection,
and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season, converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.
It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins  and had separated themselves from the community of faith
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,  and restored to participation in the life of the Church.
In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed
in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church to observe a holy Lent:
by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;   and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
To make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature,   let us now kneel (bow)  before our Creator and Redeemer.
 
Prayer
Our hearts are laid bare before you, Lord.
You see us as no one else does.
You see past the impostor’s masks we wear.
O God, we come to worship you,
not with empty words and hollow acts of piety,
but with lonely, aching spirits.
We long for the days of joy and gladness
we have known with you.
Fold back the darkness that surrounds us.
Show us your mercy.
Cover us with your grace.
We return our whole hearts to you this day,
as we pray humbly together in Jesus’s name. Amen.
 
Choice of 2 Devotionals for Lenten:

Lenten Devotional Pittsburgh Theological

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