Online Services will be held at noon and 7 PM. If you have palms, they can be burned to prepare ashes for the imposition during the service.
I/we gather here to turn these palms from our celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem into the ashes that I/we may be reminded of our mortality and my/our need of God. Living God, in their life these palms drew life from the earth and gave it back to our air and the animals they hosted and sheltered; in the worship of our community, they helped u offer festive joy: Grant now, O God, that these palms, reduced to ashes, may be for us a sign of your power to purify our hearts, that we may recognize death at work in us, and replant our lives in the sure and humble soil of truth and grace, so that we might experience the new life you call us to live in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
A metal can provides a good container for burning ashes. After the ashes are cooled, it helps to add a few drops of olive oil to create a more paste-like consistency for the imposition. The Service for Ash Wednesday is on page 264 of the Book of Common Prayer. The service and imposition of ashes can be led by any Baptized Christian.
Please send your prayer requests by email to Rev. Kay Ashby at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (513) 646-0747.
Your request will be put on a paper band that goes around one of the recently donated prayer candles that will set on the flower shelf behind the altar and will be lit during each Lenten Service.
Beginning February 28th, a St. Matthew's group will meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 4 PM to discuss chapters (1 or 2 each week) of St. Julian of Norwich's work "Revelations of Divine Love." Please contact Rev. Kay Ashby if you would like a copy of the book or if you need help with Zoom technology. You can email Rev. Kay Ashby at email@example.com or telephone her at (513) 646-0747.
Each Friday we will gather via Zoom (with our friends at Grace Church) for a session of "A River Through the Desert - a Lenten Pilgrimage" led by the very Reverend Canon Richard Sewell, Dean of St. George's College in Jerusalem. Each session includes reflection materials, a Bible Reading, and a short video.
Week 1: The Desert
Week 2: The Water Well
Week 3: The Mountain
Week 4: The Sea
Week 5: The Road
Week 6: The Garden
You can go to firstname.lastname@example.org and register. Or, you can contact Father Joe Ashby at email@example.com or (419) 524-2661 to let him know that you plan to attend the group sessions. Watch for Zoom links.
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