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…

I AM Lenten Reader, Spoils :: Lent Day 6

Day 6 :: Friday, March 15, 2011, Working for Spoils Read John 6.25-29. What are you working for that spoils? Practice confession by writing those pursuits here. Contemplation Over Day 6 This is such a hard question to answer, it's like trying to come up with a list of daily sins that you committed. I…

I AM Lenten Reader, Bread of Life :: Lent Day 5

Today our reading comes from the common book of prayer. In case you are wondering why I am on day 5 and the reader is on day 6, I am just going by the traditional "40 days" of Lent, which does not include the Sunday's of Lent. I did it this way because there is…

I AM Lenten Reader, Journaling :: Lent Day 4

Day 4 :: Friday, March 11, 2011, Journaling Journaling has been a practice throughout the history of the church. Prophets, philosophers, theologians wrote down their thoughts as they sought to understand God and grow in their relationship with Him. Throughout scripture, God commanded people to write things down and keep a record of what He…

I AM Lenten Reader, Confession :: Lent Day 3

So today is day three of Lent and the topic is once again a hard-hitting subject. Today's text was on the subject of confession. This is something we evangelicals want to leave up to the Catholics to do, but no where in the bible does it say this is not of the utmost importance in…

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…

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…