Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday...getting started

It is Ash Wednesday,2013. A busy time in the parish . Fundraisers,funerals,snowstorms and annual meetings abound. In the midst of all that, the Clergy of the Cathedral ponder: "What can we do to make Lent the resounding success that we want it to be?" A deep sigh.
Many conversations have been held with folks who say they are..."are preparing".
 "Could it be....for...Lent?"
 Nope.  Too busy. Hockey. Festivals.Shopping.Trips .
Many conversations about busyness and forced priorities.
Many conversations about worry,sickness and anxiety.
A deep sigh.

We are all too busy,but at least we can find a moment to sigh together.
So... at St. Martin's
The schedule of  Lenten services is ready and posted on our website.
Sermons and meditations are being written.
Our Choir is preparing their music and anthems.

(When Jesus)  saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 6.

We begin the journey tonight,and sincerely wish to share it. This blog will provide some reflections,and hopefully some Spirit annointed direction. We will be posting thoughts,links,podcasts and jouralling our way through Lent.

In the Church we can walk together as a united community; bound together by faith, penitence, and a desire to grow closer to God. 
That Unity  of Love can stir us to "feed on him in our hearts with faith and thanksgiving."
That unity of purpose highlights both the beauty, and emptiness of the secular world,and when we have learned to see the differences between the two,Christ is being heard in our hearts,and all things become sanctified.

Welcome To Lent.  Lets walk side by side. 
Listen to The Ash Wednesday Service at the Cathedral

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for podcasting the Ash Wednesday service. I would have been there within the congregation if I had been able. Jacqui