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Please join us each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. for Christian Education followed by our Worship / Holy Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.

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getting out the WORD - ash wednesday
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:49

the PRAYER...
Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[Jesus said to the disciples,] "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:1-6 , Matthew 6:16-21

the DEVOTION...
Well, it's that time, again. Another election cycle's at hand. T-shirts. Bumper stickers. Debates. Polls. Interviews. And this go-round, thanks to Citizens United, money! Lots and lots of money! All because corporations are, now, people, too! Which presents the church with an interesting challenge...

I imagine most of us understand sin as an individual thing. When we confess at the beginning of worship, it might look and sound as if we're doing it together, but for most of us, we're doing it by ourselves. At the same time, in the same place, while I confess my indiscretions, they confess theirs! But now, if corporations are people, too, doesn't that mean Ash Wednesday's, also, for them? That all corporations sin and fall short! That they, too, are captive and in bondage! Unwilling and unable! Thought, word, and deed! Done and left undone! Self-centered! Self-serving! Self-righteous! Self-absorbed! Sin becomes more than simple, individual remorse; there's corporate and communal regret, now, as well!

So maybe, today, as we wait for soot to be rubbed onto our foreheads, maybe we can imagine those newly acknowledged sinners in line with us... the corporations! And we might, even, do a little remembering on their behalf! Because when you get down to it - Supreme Court decision or not - they, like us, are nothing more than dust and to dust, they, as well, will return...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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