New Life Episcopal Church

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Ash Wednesday

He told me he’d never been to an Ash Wednesday service before. I asked him if he intended to go forward for ashes. He said “no” and gave me several reasons. None seemed very good to me but I let it go. We listened to the collect, scripture, sermon and then the bidding: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent.” I went forward for ashes and there he was in line! Later he said, “I’m a doubter and nothing’s changed … but the ashes … that was a powerful moment for me.”

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