Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent, the 40-day journey toward Easter).

By paying attention to the burdens we carry, we enter in to prayer and spiritual practice to deepen our trust in the ongoing work of Jesus in our lives and in the world.


Throughout the day, we invite you into four calls to prayer (7AM, 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM) inviting reflection, prayer, and practice as we step into Lent. (Hover your cursor over each image to see the text of the call to prayer.)



B U R D E N

All you who are struggling hard & carrying heavy loads, I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)

Lent is a season where we “give something up” as a sign of emptiness in our lives - a sign that the shallow things we do to occupy our time or satisfy us do not and will not ultimately bring life.

REFLECT What heavy load can I give up - a burden, a habit, an emotion - so that I might find rest in Christ?

C A P A CI T Y  As God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)  While burdened by struggle, sin, and pain, we hold great capacity and are invited to “clothe ourselves in Christ” and, with our hands, feet, and lives, put on display God’s love in the world.    PRAY  God, help me put ______ on display throughout and beyond this season of Lent.

C A P A CI T Y

As God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

While burdened by struggle, sin, and pain, we hold great capacity and are invited to “clothe ourselves in Christ” and, with our hands, feet, and lives, put on display God’s love in the world.

PRAY God, help me put ______ on display throughout and beyond this season of Lent.

A S H ES  For dust you are and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19)   REMEMBER   You are dust, & to dust you will return.  You bear the image of God & are being transformed into the image of Christ.   RECEIVE/MARK  An Ash Wednesday tradition is to receive ashes in the shape of a cross on your forehead. With ash or marker, make a small cross on your forehead or wrist to remember your journey to restoration through the work of Jesus.

A S H ES

For dust you are and
to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19)

REMEMBER
You are dust, & to dust you will return.
You bear the image of God & are being transformed into the image of Christ.

RECEIVE/MARK An Ash Wednesday tradition is to receive ashes in the shape of a cross on your forehead. With ash or marker, make a small cross on your forehead or wrist to remember your journey to restoration through the work of Jesus.

P R A C T IC E  God releases the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere through us (2 Corinthians 2:14)  We are not saved by our spiritual practices, but through them & the work of God’s Spirit, we are formed ever deeper into the image of Jesus. Our Lenten practices are reminders that death is not the final word: there is hope for us & the world as we journey toward Resurrection.     COMMIT  What practice will you take on this season to move more fully & fragrantly into the story of Jesus?

P R A C T IC E

God releases the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere through us (2 Corinthians 2:14)

We are not saved by our spiritual practices, but through them & the work of God’s Spirit, we are formed ever deeper into the image of Jesus. Our Lenten practices are reminders that death is not the final word: there is hope for us & the world as we journey toward Resurrection.

COMMIT What practice will you take on this season to move more fully & fragrantly into the story of Jesus?