Ash Wednesday Again

Posted by Scott Foster on

Lent already?
I know, right? What happened? Another year.
Boom!

Get your ashes here tonight, at 7pm in Webb Chapel.

Let’s do a little worship tonight before you take your Valentine out for dinner! You’ll be in and out in less than 45 minutes, I promise. Then you can spend the rest of the evening wondering if you smudged your forehead. Just sayin…

No matter how you’ve chosen to observe Lent, that part tends to be an individual thing. But, it’s also something we do together, corporately, in community. Bruce Reyes Chow reminds us of it today.

We’re reading a little daily devotional together this Lent that Bruce wrote called 40 Days, 40 Words, 40 Prayers. Each day is a different word and prayer to go along with the season and the first one, today’s for Ash Wednesday, is Community.

Bruce reminds us today:
Although certain aspects of Lent, and any Lenten discipline, require self-reflection and self-awareness, we must not enter that endeavor believing that it is only about our individual experiences. For we are reminded over and over and over again that the journey of life, the walk to the cross, and the experience of resurrection is a communal one—together we often turn on one another and away from God; and together we can experience forgiveness, repentance, and new life; and together we can be the best of who God intends.

This is a great little book you can use to touch base every day. If you have e-readers, apps, etc. for your phone or other device, you’re good to go! Here’s the Amazon link. And you can get in iBooks here.

We might have a couple hard copies still this Sunday on the Welcome table in the lobby of the Sanctuary. And you can follow the daily words on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, too!

Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
    -- Isaiah 58:6 (NRSV)

Come tonight and let’s do this—fasting, forgiving, repenting, and being the best of who God intends. All we can do is the best we can do!

Grace and peace,
Scott

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