Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ideas for Ash Wednesday and Lent

Hi, everyone. It’s Rachel.

As part of our worship at The Mission, we try to keep in step with the church calendar and incorporate liturgy into our service. We do this for a couple of reasons—to acknowledge that our small church is part of a much bigger Church and to remember that our young community springs from a very old Community.

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. This is an important time in the life of the Church, so I wanted to provide those of you wishing to participate with some direction and resources.

Lent is a forty-day period of preparation, reflection, and self-denial that begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Week. It commemorates the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before his ministry began, and historically served as a time of preparation for new believers awaiting baptism. Many people choose to give up certain habits or refocus on the spiritual disciplines during this time of year.

On my blog, I’ve compiled “40 Ideas for Lent” if you would like to take a look.

If you would like to participate in an Ash Wednesday service, First United Methodist Church in Spring City is having one at 7 p.m., as are most Methodist, Catholic, and Episcopal churches in Chattanooga.

On Sunday night, our prayers will focus on repentance and will include the collect for Ash Wednesday:

"Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen." (from the Book of Common Prayer)

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