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Ash Wednesday Worship Resources

Today we begin the season of Lent with the observance of Ash Wednesday.  

Again "Ashes to Go" will  be offered outside in lower parking lot (near playground) today at 9:30 – 10:00 AM, 12:30 – 1:00 PM, and 6:30 – 7:00 PM.  (Walk up or drive up).  We will all be wearing masks and will be available for prayer requests and for ashes to be imposed on the forehead this year using cotton swabs (one swab per person).  This act of sorrow and repentance and an acknowledgement of our own mortality is a way of humbly preparing ourselves for this Lenten journey. (Lenten devotions will also be available for folks who stop by this day.  Also, if you have not already done so, you are welcome  to bring non perishable food items for Norristown Interfaith Food Pantry as well as cash donations for Norristown Soup Kitchen on this day).

We are currently giving our tech volunteers some well deserved  time off.  We will be back recording worship beginning this weekend.  Below is a link that includes the assigned readings and prayers as well as reflection for Ash Wednesday. This could even be used to have home worship in the living room or around the kitchen table: 

  As for the sermon, sometimes it is better to hear a different voice and some of you are probably tired of hearing my voice by now.  (I know I am!)  Below is a  video of Pastor Will Willimon setting the tone for Lent with an Ash Wednesday sermon.    He is a former Methodist Bishop and the former Chaplain of Duke University.  We have used his messages in previous digital content (one last year during Lent and one during this past Advent season) Hope you find this helpful.

Finally, here are two links to songs we have traditionally sung on Ash Wednesday ("Softly and Tenderly"  and "Just As I Am") , both performed at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska and one of them by the very Lutheran Wartburg Choir.  A blessed Lenten season, friends.  Grace and peace.




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