Ash Wednesday: We are Breathing

Call to Worship

Come into this sacred space and breathe.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence.

Let go of the world that tells you to compete endlessly.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence.

Like the disciples who argued who was greatest among them, we focus on earthly status, the rules of humanity. Release human ways. Breathe in the ways of Christ.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence

The Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into [their] nostrils. The human came to life. (Genesis 2:7 CEB)
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing. 

Come. Begin the journey to the cross and beyond. Let go of the human proclivity to compete. Live as one people. Receive God’s breath and become like a child.
Formed from dust, we are here.
Animated by the very breath of God we are breathing.

Prayer of Invocation

Let us pray,
Creating spirit, hope of humanity, you have walked among us. You journeyed to the cross and overcame death. Be with us in our dustiness this evening as we strive to breathe deeply as you give us your own life force.
We inhale the divine breath.
We pledge our focus upon your ways. Amen.

Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children, their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Tim has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Invocation, Mark, Mark 9, Mark 9:30-37, New Testament

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