Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ash Wednesday

The church will be open for prayer from 9am to 3pm; and 6pm to 9pm.
I hope you will use this opportunity to pop into church at some stage during the day,
even if it is just for 5 minutes, to light a candle
and make a commitment to Lent and the Lenten course.
There will be Eucharist’s at 10am and 8pm, and a children’s Eucharist at 6.30pm.
Each of these services will include the Anointing of Ash for those who wish to receive it.

Ash Wednesday Reflection

1 Corinthians 1:27
God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak to challenge the strong.
God chose the lowly, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

“God is always using people’s mistakes in their favour, to transform them.
Weakness becomes the means of God’s grace.
God is the perfect recycler and, in the economy of grace, nothing is wasted.”
– Richard Rohr

Instead of denying our sin, or beating ourselves up about it,
let’s simply allow God to use it to draw us closer to him
and open our hearts to others.

The Ash Wednesday sermon will follow later……..

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th.
Welcome to our Lenten Blog
This year’s Lenten Theme is: Spiritual Values For a Richer World

Each day there is a short written reflection on the day’s theme and a short Bible verse to accompany it. All these reflections have been written and printed in advance, if you have not got a copy of our Lenten booklet they are available at the back of the church. For those following this on the blog they will appear here each day.

Along with the short written reflections there will be slightly longer reflections offered at the Eucharist’s on Wednesday at 10am and on Saturday at 9.30am; also at the evening prayers of Compline which will take place on different evenings each week. These will also be printed on this blog.

For those who would like an opportunity to discuss the reflections there will be discussion groups on Wednesdays 4th and 18th March at the church.

Lent begins with our Ash Wednesday worship on February 18th.

There will be a Eucharist at both 10am and 8pm. Also a children’s Eucharist at 6.30pm
All will include the Anointing of Ash.

Christians traditionally begin this holy season with the anointing of ash which symbolises the vulnerable side of our human nature. The anointing acknowledges our need of God and God’s great love for us. By being anointed with ash we humbly place ourselves in God’s hands, confidant of God’s love and mercy. We admit that we often get it wrong and say sorry, and open ourselves to receive the forgiveness that God so freely gives.

The ash is also mixed with holy oil which symbolises that not only are we vulnerable but also beautiful in God’s sight. While we are so readily aware of our vulnerability and our ability to mess up, we are reminded that God sees beyond that to the person he created us to be. So Lent begins in a positive way with God reaching out, picking us up, and saying:
“You are my son, you are my daughter, in you I am delighted.”