Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. . .
Thus begins the proper liturgy for Ash Wednesday, the “opening ceremonies,” if you will, for the forty days of penitence, forgiveness and restoration known to us as the season of Lent. Like the loving parent to whom we are constantly comparing Him, God loves us. He calls us to Himself, not in order to punish us but in order to restore us to all the benefits of fellowship with Him. Likewise, He calls us into fellowship with His whole creation, that we may live long and prosper in the land to which He has brought us.
Such fellowship requires us to understand our place in the universe. On Ash Wednesday, we remind ourselves that in love God made us from the dust of the earth, and in love God returns us to that dust. God knows that dust, by its very nature, is messy! Blessed are we in a God who is not afraid to get down in the dirt with us, because in the extremity of His love for us, God became dust in order to share in our experience as dust and to advocate for us in the day of judgment.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent.
March 5—Ash Wednesday—Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
- 12pm—Rev. Canon John Schramm Preacher and Celebrant
- 6:30pm—Rev. Dr. Terri Bays Preacher and Celebrant