Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—February 11, 2016
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” These are the words spoken as the sign of the cross is marked in ashes on the forehead of men, women and children as part of the Ash Wednesday service. The words can seem harsh and cruel – a real downer. But they offer so much more. They offer a reminder to us that we are part of all of everything that is in what we call our universe, an integral part of Creation from before its beginning, across time and space, through our present and into the future. We have our place forever, in the heart of God. We receive the ashes not as a sign of our humiliation and failure, but as a reminder of our inclusion as God’s own people. And Lent offers a time for us to examine our lives and change the things that we need to change, not out of fear of retribution or death, but out of an awareness of our responsibility and invitation to live more fully into God’s love for us.
Plan to join us at St Thomas either at 12:15 or at 7:15 today. If you cannot attend worship at St Thomas, then look for some other place to receive the ashes of Ash Wednesday. Hear the words, “Remember that you are dust...” and be glad of the love those words represent.
May this be a Holy Lent for us all.
Peace and blessing,
Please note: There is the possibility of some ‘weather’ in our area today and this evening. Please check the church voicemail for latest information: 9908)996-4091. As ever, use discretion about travel in questionable weather.