No Time…

"Got no timeGot no mindFor the lineIn my lifeNo time to thinkTime for sleep nowTime to sink way into the blue, dear" -Alexi Murdoch, Blue Mind I'm not sure how it happened- how I got so busy, so weighted down with so many things. I think maybe it was the inevitable and simultaneous growth of Read more about No Time…[…]

Ecclesia Network National Gathering

 I had the privilege again this year to attend the Ecclesia Network National Gathering last week in Washington DC (okay, technically in Chevy Chase, MD).  Ecclesia is a relational network of missionally-focused, theologically-centrist, Gospel-centered churches and church planters. By relational they mean that relationship comes first and foremost. The focus is on churches and planters Read more about Ecclesia Network National Gathering[…]

Ash Wednesday Gathering

Here's the Ash Wednesday Gathering we did last year- I think we'll end up using much of this this year as well, but I wanted to post this in case you are still struggling to put something together for Ash Wednesday.

On Screen as people enter: The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart you will not despise. -Psalm 51.17

Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me- The Jesus Prayer

Welcome:  

Welcome to our service of ashes for Ash Wednesday.Ash Wednesday is the traditional start of the season of Lent, a season when we focus in various ways on Christ's journey towards crucifixion, a journey He took, knowing full well it would end with Him laying down His life for you and I.

For those of us who are trying to hear the voice of Christ and follow, we need regular times of focusing on Christ's call to follow, to lay down our lives for one another. Lent is one of those times- a period of 40 days not including Sundays which are given to considering what we will lay down, what we will not. What our lives count for, or how they fail to count. We hear the call of Jesus and struggle all over again to die to ourselves and live for Christ and others. The Journey of the next 40 days ends on Good Friday and Easter with us seeing in sharp relief the exact cost of our sin, and the means by which God will restore all things.

Ash Wednesday begins Lent by reminding us that the journey towards the Cross is one every Christ follower must make- step by step, selfish impulse by selfish impulse. And Ash Wednesday also reminds us that the time is finite, limited… because it reminds us of… our mortality.

So, we invite you this year, to observe a Lent, of self-examination and repentance; of prayer, and fasting, of saying "no" to self and "yes" to God and others; and of reading and meditating on God's Word, listening all over again for the call of Christ on your life.

We'll have a moment of Silence, and then we'll pray.

SILENCE

 Prayer

 Let‚Äôs read this together


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