Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Someone reminded me that last year, I proclaimed that Lent to be the “Lentiest Lent that ever Lented!”  Certainly we have just been through a very Lenty year, with the specter of a pandemic, the sadness of racial injustice and social unrest, the frustration of political rancor, and all the rest.  The arrival of Lent… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: This Campaign of Christian Service

Today’s readings #AshWednesday #LentND #AshTag Back when I was in seminary, I was a fire chaplain for one of the local fire departments.  On Wednesdays, we only had one class, and since it was Ash Wednesday and our teacher was a pastor of a parish, he was obviously busy, so we had the day free.… Continue reading Ash Wednesday: This Campaign of Christian Service

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings The Scriptures today call us to repentance, which is an important spiritual theme for Lent. In fact, if it were not for our need for repentance, we wouldn’t need Jesus, he wouldn’t have to have taken on flesh, he wouldn’t have to suffer and die. But we do need a Savior, and so… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Behold: now is the acceptable time! Behold: now is the day of salvation! This is the way the Scriptures today call us to repentance.  Repentance is an important spiritual theme for Lent: in fact, if it were not for our need for repentance, we wouldn’t need Jesus, he wouldn’t have to have taken… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Behold: now is the acceptable time! Behold: now is the day of salvation! This is the way the prophet Joel calls the Israelites, and all of us, to repentance.  Repentance is an important spiritual theme for Lent: in fact, if it were not for our need for repentance, we wouldn’t need Jesus, he… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Behold: now is the acceptable time! Behold: now is the day of salvation! We have come here today for all sorts of reasons. Lots of us may still have the remnants of old and bad teaching that you have to come to Church on Ash Wednesday or something horrible will happen to you,… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings [from the Ash Wednesday Service of the Word] Behold: now is the acceptable time! Behold: now is the day of salvation! We have come here today for all sorts of reasons. Lots of us may still have the remnants of old and bad teaching that you have to come to Church on Ash… Continue reading Ash Wednesday