The Day my Children Taught Me about Ash Wednesday

Wow! this was my Ash Wednesday worship. Dana and her children are well worth listening to.

Practicing Families

From Dust you came (1)By Dena Hobbs

Last year I attended an Ash Wednesday service with my children. It was the first Ash Wednesday service they had experienced since toddlerhood. I had missed a couple of years going and was determined to experience this ritual that I love so much. Since my kids were by my side that day, they went too.

I planned to attend the service at the new church plant led by my friend at a coffee shop near our house. The service started at 6:00, the same time soccer was scheduled to end. Seriously determined to participate in this liturgical moment, I pulled my son from soccer practice early. He changed from cleats to sneakers as we raced down the road to the service. “What exactly is this service we are going to?” my daughter asked. “Ash Wednesday.” I replied. “It is a day we remember we are just humans and therefore imperfect. They rub ashes on our…

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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