On the eve of Ash Wednesday, I often find myself in grateful reflection.. Another year has passed (ever notice how our church calendar gives us ample opportunity to re-member ourselves — mini New Years abound). This past year I have experienced God’s healing grace, reminded of the intricate pattern healing and wholeness weave. I have “walked” with others through death’s valley and celebrated the warm rays of resurrection. It has been a familiar year — God’s culture has touched me and my community.
On this eve of Ash Wednesday, I prepare for tomorrow’s task. With ashy finger tips, I will look into the faces of strangers and friends, children and adults, stroke the sign of the cross on their foreheads and remind each of where they came and will return. Each time the words are spoken I am moved by the reality of our fragile nature and feel God’s hand, palm open, gently cradle all of her beloved.
Once again we are free to be forgiven. And a new year begins…
40 days are before us. time to reflect, prepare, and renew. many conversations are buzzing around my community. conversation about church growth, ministry for youth, issues of no money, and the importance of tradition. all well and good – yet I am hearing an undercurrent that cries for an awakening.
I share this blog with you. her words are direct and challenging. could this work as a Lenten practice? I would like to think ‘yes’. Thank you, Tamie Fields Harkins.
I’ve thought about dreams a lot this season. Joseph had many as Matthew tells us. Each dream challenged him to be some one different – to take a different path. There was risk. There is always risk. I am grateful for Joseph and his willingness to listen and respond in faith.
In a world filled with a rising fear of evil, I thank Father Mark for sharing this perspective.
The Presentation Window Trinity Episcopal Church Galveston, Texas
The Holy Name of Jesus
• Opening Sentence
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
• Collect of the Day ~ The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
I am very grateful for how the Episcopal Church uses the yearly calendar to honor the people in history who have lived their faith in many ways and taken great risk to share God’s good news.
We do not celebrate long before we are reminded that living the good news is filled with risk — because God is making ALL things new!
And so we remember – Stephen… (to learn more click here)
Collect of the Day ~ Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr
We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.