Since we will not be gathering in person for Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, we have creative ways for you to connect and participate. Please plan on driving by St. Luke’s on Tuesday to pick up your Ash Wednesday and Lent materials which will be available in the breezeway. Here’s a bit more information about them:
Ash Cross While in prayer, I marked ash crosses onto small pieces of linen. (Early next week, we’ll share a video and a podcast of this prayer. It is a lovely way to spend 5 minutes in meditation and prayer.)
Have this cloth near you when you participate in our Ash Wednesday service (Zoom at noon, or prerecorded any time after 7am on Facebook and YouTube). At the appropriate time, you are invited to press the cloth to your forehead, remembering the prayer I prayed as I placed the cross and repeating for yourself, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” You are encouraged to keep this cloth in some visible place for the rest of Lent as a visual reminder of the season.
Paper Palm Leaf We encourage you to take a paper palm leave and spend a few minutes adding your prayers to it (use words or drawings). Return it to St. Luke’s by March 1st (either mail it in or drive by and drop it in our mailbox. Then, at the beginning of our Palm Sunday service, I will place these palm leaves on a fabric “road” as a pandemic version of our normal procession. I will speak your prayers as I place the leaves.
We have three devotional options this year:
Lenten Micropractices This booklet invites you to do one thing each day as a reminder of our time in Lent. The practices are based on the tasks we are called to engage in during the season: Prayer, Fasting, Giving and Other. We’ll also be posting these on Facebook, or you can sign up to have them e-mailed.
Living Well Through Lent This booklet includes a daily reflection and scripture passages and is based in the Living Compass model of wellness in heart, soul, mind and strength. You can sign up to receive it by e-mail here.
Praying in Color We also have a simple calendar picture you can use for a time of daily meditation while drawing or writing your prayer intentions. You fill in one shape per day. Here is more information about Praying in Color.
I pray that each of these options will help members of St. Luke’s have a holy Lent and will help you feel connected to God and to the St. Luke’s community.