Ash Wednesday marks the Lent season and helps to focus our hearts on repentance and prayer. The ashes on our foreheads remind us of our own mortality. Your first challenge is to attend the Ash Wednesday service at City Church at 5:30 pm. This week, go the extra mile and gather with friends or family for dinner. Create a simple meal (perhaps meatless) by candlelight, and before dinner recite the following confession as your prayer before you eat:
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In Your mercy forgive our sins, and grow us in Your grace as Your covenant people, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Say this confession every night before dinner and commit it to memory this Lent.