Service of Prayer, Reflection, and Imposition of Ashes

Here are a few shots from our service last night. For me personally it was a physically and emotionally draining day, but a good one. I always like this particular service for the mere fact it starts a time of reflection and prayer, which moves our focus toward what's really the greatest celebration of the…

Preparing for the Season of Lent

A few weeks ago at my church we had what we call a Celebration Dinner, beginning a process of visioning for the future called Dream 2020. As we move through this visioning experience in 2013, we are asking people to begin this season with 40 days of prayer (and fasting), beginning with Ash Wednesday. Prayer…

Ash Wednesday Breaking Routines with a Lenten Reader

It's already that time of year, Lent is here. Today is Ash Wednesday (see also history), marking the beginning of the season of Lent, which then takes us to the Passion and into Easter. There are many things our church does that I really like and producing a Lenten Reader for the past few years…

Easter Sunday Morning at Cornerstone 2011 :: Photos

So today was finally the day we have been leading up to since Ash Wednesday, more than 40 days ago, Easter Sunday. This is the great day on the Christian calendar where we celebrate Christ as the risen savior and Lord over all creation. It was an exhausting day, but a wonderful day filled full…

I AM Lenten Reader, Fasting :: Lent Day 2

After an incredible night of worship last night day 2 of our Lenten reader drops us right into the heart of God's word. One thing Josh talked about last night was how we are human beings try to hide from God, starting from back in Genesis. Genesis 3:9-10 is a familiar story to most when…

Imposition of Ashes Mixed with the Pouring Rain

The photo of the day today comes from my back yard, as it was being clobbered by wind and rain. This photo sort of summed up the day in some respects. We had two unexpected calls by two different doctors for Deborah, neither of which I was all that excited about, it was cold and…

I AM Lenten Reader, Introduction :: Lent Day 1

Today is the first day of Lent, and as discussed in my previous post The “I AM” Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent, I will be going through our Lenten Reader here on my blog each day. You can click the image above for the full page as shown in the reader, and if…

Ash Wednesday the Poem by T.S. Eliot

Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent is tomorrow and I came across this poem by T.S. Eliot called "Ash-Wednesday", which is the first long poem written by T. S. Eliot after his conversion to Anglicanism (or the Church of England) in 1927. The entire poem was a big long for one blog post so…

The “I AM” Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent

My last blog post, What is Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent?, I wrote an explanation of what Ash Wednesday and the Lent season is all about, so this post I'm giving a more concrete action step of what some do to observe the season of Lent, but more specifically what our church is doing…

The "I AM" Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent

My last blog post, What is Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent?, I wrote an explanation of what Ash Wednesday and the Lent season is all about, so this post I'm giving a more concrete action step of what some do to observe the season of Lent, but more specifically what our church is doing…