Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lent 2

Readings for today.

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O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all of us who have gone astray from your ways, and bring us again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast to the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son.  (Collect for 2 Lent)

The Invitation to a Holy Lent, which we read on Ash Wednesday, focuses us on these 6 ½ weeks as a time to return to God, from wherever we have strayed.  And our prayer for this week reminds us that God’s promise to us is grace and mercy when we return from our wanderings and times of separation from God.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lent 1

Readings for Today.

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On Wednesday this last week, many of us came to confess our shortcomings in the longest and most soul-searching confession the church has to offer, and to be humbled before God.  We left with a smudge of ash on our foreheads, reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return.
Dust.  Not even soil which includes nutrient rich humus, or pollen which has some life-promise,or even fairy dust which at least sparkles.  Plain old dry, gritty dust.  The dust of the newborn creation from which God formed and breathed life into a human.