Ash Wednesday, Service 6pm

AshWednesdayService at 6pm.

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.

This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.  BCP 264-5″

A Prayer for Those Affected by Floods

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Lord God,

we pray for all who are suffering the effects of the floods:

for those whose have been injured,

for those whose homes have been lost or damaged,

and for those who live in fear.

Be with them, we pray,

that they would know the calm of your presence,

through him who stilled the raging of the storm,

Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.