Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s

Dear People of St. Peter’s,

On the first Sunday in Lent we read in Mark’s Gospel that after Jesus was baptized by John, the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. It was in the wilderness where Jesus was tempted. It was also in the wilderness where Jesus was waited on by angels as he prepared to begin his ministry. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news,” he proclaims to the people of Galilee. 

Lent is a time to embrace the wilderness. Lent is a season in which we are invited to examine our lives, our relationships with one another, and our relationship with God. In the wilderness, we encounter temptation and false promise, but we also encounter the Living God who invites us to follow the Way of Jesus instead of the ways of the world. 

As we begin this Lenten journey as a dispersed community, the clergy have prepared a creative Ash Wednesday schedule. On Wednesday, February 17, the clergy will offer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the churchyard at the appointed times below. The bishop’s COVID-19 safety guidelines do not allow us to impose ashes this year, but our altar guild has prepared small bags of blessed ashes for you to take with you. A service leaflet with directions for imposing ashes at home will also be available. In the event of rain, communion and ashes will be offered under the Parish House tower on 7th Street. 

8:00–9:00 a.m. – Communion from the Reserved Sacrament & Ashes-to-go
12:00–1:00 p.m. – Communion from the Reserved Sacrament & Ashes-to-go
5:00–6:00 p.m. – Communion from the Reserved Sacrament & Ashes-to-go
7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist livestream in observance of Ash Wednesday, with special music. 

It has been nearly a year since we gathered unencumbered by the coronavirus pandemic. The clergy and staff at St. Peter’s are grateful for your continued engagement and support as we seek creative ways to worship together in this wilderness season.

The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector