February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

O God, you delight not in pomp and show, but in a humble and contrite heart.  Overturn our love of worldly possessions and fix our hearts more firmly on you, that, having nothing, we may yet possess everything, a treasure stored up for us in heaven.  Amen.

Finding common ground seems to be a dying art.  Our ability to have civil conversations and healthy ecumenical relationships are rare.  Except, it appears, in Newport, WA where for nearly 20 years, four churches have come together to prepare Lenten soup suppers, heal their brokenness, and find sameness in their Christian faith.  The American Lutheran Church, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Newport United Church of Christ and the Mennonite Church have found a way to navigate the painful season of Lent together. The Rev. Matt Goodrich of the Lutheran Church said, “This experience reminds us that our churches are about Jesus, not a denomination. It’s an example of what we can do and be.”  The Rev. Matt Clark of the UCC added, “Coming together around faith [we] can overcome differences and share commonalities.” This is certainly the season to be reminded that we are one – that Christ died for all to be forgiven. 

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