Made New

Dear Wounded and Vulnerable,

This evening you are invited to gather for a portion of time between 5:30pm and 7pm at Rock Canyon High School for: Ashes, Hearing the Word, Music, Confession-Absolution,  and Communion.  Why? Why do followers of Jesus around the world practice such rituals on the Wednesday that begins the journey of Lent?

M. Scott Peck  says, "Community requires confession of brokenness. But how remarkable it is that in our culture brokenness must be 'confessed.' We think of confession as an act that should be carried out in secret, in the darkness of the confessional, with the guarantee of professional, priestly or psychiatric confidentiality. Yet the reality is that every human being  is broken and vulnerable. How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded.

Vulnerability is a two-way street. Community requires the ability to expose our wounds and weaknesses to our fellow creatures.  It also requires the ability to be affected by wounds of others , to be wounded by their wounds...But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness. " (Page 69 "The Different Drum", M. Scott Peck, 1998)

Let us gather this day in our mutual brokenness and vulnerability, that together we might be made new as the Body of Christ. Blessed Ash Wednesday.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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