Pastor’s Corner: Ashes

February 3, 2021

Lent begins in just two weeks. Ash Wednesday is February 17th, marking the beginning of the season in which we prepare for Easter.

Our church hasn’t generally observed Ash Wednesday. We haven’t held a service on that day. Participants in our Bible Study groups on Wednesday have been offered the mark of the cross in ashes on their hands or foreheads, but that is as much as we have done since my arrival as pastor.

This year, however, the image of the flame – the fire that produces the ashes – intrigues me. There is a lot of the last year that I would very much like to leave behind, to reduce to a memory that may still leave its mark but will not pull or drag at my life. Some of these things are out of my control, because they come from the decisions of others or the vagaries of nature. Some of these things, however, are decisions I have made that I would like to make differently in the future. Some of these things are mistakes, and some are sins. Some of them hurt me. Some of them hurt others.

Therefore, we will stream a special prayer service for Ash Wednesday at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17. The service’s center will be burning palms from last Palm Sunday (yes, we have some) as a symbol of the changes we plan or hope to make.

In the two weeks before this service, I encourage you to look into your heart and identify the ways you would like the next year to be different. If they are not under your control, add those concerns to your prayers. If they are under your control or at least influence, think about how you can make them happen.

May God bless us as we consign yesterday’s ills to ashes.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

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