At this service, we are gathered for one of the most important and meaningful services of the church year. In the ancient tradition of beginning Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross lies the invitation to turn our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives, when we kneel before God to face and offer to God that which has been broken by life.
This service invites us to wear our ashes on our foreheads as a sign of our penitence, to claim our repentance for our sins, and to welcome God’s grace and longing for deep relationship with us. That turning to God is the work of Lent, our preparation for the celebration of Easter.
In this, the church’s holy spring, we ask you, O God to renew us. With a gentle breath, blow from our lives the dust of sin, and make us your people again. Lift us from guilt, and shame, and regret, to repair all we’ve broken, and give us the gift of repentance. With the lengthening days, stretch our hearts, too, to be ready for your risen life; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgy for the Whole Church
WiASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES with the Imposition of Ashes will be offered on March 6th at 10 a.m. during the healing service at The Episcopal Home and at 6 p.m. in the church. Mother Barbara and the Vergers will offer “Ashes to Go” by the Shippensburg Post Office from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.