Too many ashes this year. This ancient symbol, reminder of our mortality, our brokenness, our creaturely dependence on the One who made us, might be too much this year. It has been a year of reminders of our mortality and brokenness. We breathed in ashes from our neighborhoods on fire, yet not all were able to breathe at all. We felt our mortality anew as we watched the pandemic’s toll rise across our nation and world. Even our democracy seemed on fire as the election came and went and still so much was broken. As you prepare for Ash Wednesday worship, if you are feeling there are just too many ashes this year, then we invite you to anoint with oil instead, to make the sign of the cross on your or another’s forehead to remind you to whom you belong, who loves you no matter what.
The Community Church Newsletter for February 21, 2021, is now available. You can learn about CTUL, another recipient of the money Holy Trinity is sharing with community partners.
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The worship video will be sent on Wednesday. It will also be available at htlcmpls.org and on our Facebook page.
New to the Community Church: We’re all going to learn Swahili together! Pastor Andrea is providing words and phrases to help get us started.
You are invited to eat the bread and drink the wine in your home. Even across time and space, God is present in these gifts, and we are present to each other.
In today’s newsletter, you can read about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another organization Holy Trinity chose to give money to. There’s also a link to the fourth and final Zoom session of the Reparations: An Introduction and a Challenge discussion series. Use the link from the newsletter (it’s different than the one from last week).