Saturday, February 21, 2009

Palms for the Ashes

My throat thick, my nostrils full
the smell of their burning on my skin
palms of the festival, of the glory; Hosannah!
your triumphant entrance
burned for the ashes, the beginning of Lent
The palms they waved, we shared, laid at your feet
A stain now, upon our skin,
remembering your gift, your offering
The palms burnt, the sanctuary still
beginning a journey of remembrance
your choice, your faithfulness, your servanthood
ever present in our hearts, we pray

edited February 5, 2016
Palms for the Ashes – v4

(editing version 3)

edited April 2, 2015
Palms for the Ashes – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and version 1)
edited February 19, 2015
Palms for the Ashes – v2
Ash Wednesday service
Joel 2:12-17a
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Prayer of Confession
Imposition of Ashes
Lenten poem:”Changer: A Lenten Poem”
by Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan
sermon, “The Math of Lent”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
and closing hymn,
“It Is Well with My Soul”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Isaiah 58:5-10
Burning of the Palm service
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
February 17, 2015 and February 18, 2015
February 21, 2009
Palms for the Ashes
preparing the Ash Wednesday ashes
from Palm Sunday’s palms
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH

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