*While you may choose to put out your fire with a bit of water, a mixture of water and ashes can form a caustic substance that could irritate the skin. Therefore, for your imposition of the ashes, use dry ashes (ground to a fine powder), or mix them with a little olive oil or some other vegetable oil. Similarly, do not remove the ashes with water. Instead, rub them off with a dry towel followed by olive oil or other vegetable oil to help remove the residue.
"Here we are nearly one year later preparing to honor that same holy season when the pandemic began.
Tradition holds that Lent is a time to contemplate our humanity. It has been a season to wonder about our limitations and our possibilities beginning with the dust that graces our foreheads on Ash Wednesday soon followed by temptations of all shapes and kinds on the first Sunday of Lent. We give up those things that muddle of our connection to God and take on things bring God closer.
This year will be different. We’ve said this so many times but why not live into the wonder of this possibility.
This bonfire is something to be shared. It’s something we can encourage in the priesthood of all believers. We can invite this spark to ignite what we hope this year will be. When so many of us are looking for something to do, especially in the midst of so much brokenness, we can dare to believe that lighting a fire might prepare us for the work ahead.
Such preparation requires ritual and prayer. You'll find your at-home bulletin by clicking this link or the button above. It requires your supplies but hopefully these are things that already exist at home and do not require an additional trip for curbside pick-up."
- Rev. Elsa Cook
This service be shared at home without any gathering online. If you would like, you may also gather with us at 6 PM online as we together welcome in this holy season of Lent, sing, pray, and finally send you out to practice this powerful liturgy of fire and ashes at home.