Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. This Lent, we begin our journey with the monotony of the past pandemic months coloring our steps. We invite you to step into this new season with intentionality, with the hopes of deepening your relationship with God, with each other, and the world.
The link to the video is HERE.
Worship materials can be found HERE.
A few notes on the Ash Wednesday service as you begin:
Take a few moments and set your space. Make sure it’s comfortable, put your text messages on silent, spread a table cloth and light a candle. During this evening’s service, you will be invited to participate in virtual Holy Communion. You may read about Holy Communion in Extraordinary Circumstances here. If you were able to pick up a Lenten goody bag, communion elements for this evening were provided. However, you may use bread/crackers and wine/grape juice. If you feel unsure about receiving communion in this manner, you may take some time for individual reflection. If someone does not receive communion in your household, feel free to offer them a blessing.
Additionally, please have your ashes available and prepared (either dry or with a drop of oil). You will also be invited to make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads (or your own), with the accompanying words: Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. If you do not have ashes, you may make your own or rub your finger over the wick of a previously burned candle.
Also, don’t forget our Lenten challenge to strengthen your relationship with God, others, and the world (see list of suggestions on our Facebook page and in the 2/11 Trinity Tidings).
In this Lent, may God’s steadfast love cradle our laments and may God’s grace wash away our weariness. May we return to God.
Wednesday Music Meditation
Hello Trinity family,
Some days I think about how much we have grown this past year. Since last Ash Wednesday, I’ve grown in patience and perseverance and I’ve become more grateful of the gifts of others and accepting of my own personal flaws. My life looks completely different than it did a year ago. While adapting to the world’s circumstances has proved challenging, I’ve been secretly relieved that I could handle more difficult Sunday mornings away from the public eye.
This is normal, and this is human. Every year we celebrate our resignation and acceptance by burning the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday. Our savior is no longer riding into Jerusalem, and we are here with the daunting task of spreading his gospel in a sin-ridden world. How will the world know we are Christians? How will we grow this Lent? How will we rise up through these difficult times to meet Jesus with joy on the third day? First we begin today with an offering of ashes, a bold symbol of setting aside our own human shortcomings to be created anew in Christ.
The hymn text to our prelude, Ashes by Tom Conry, is printed below:
We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes, redeemed, O Lord, by you.
Our prayer, O Lord, is sorrow, our grieving hearts renew,
an offering of ashes, an offering to you.