Letter from Lindy March 10
The glitter is mixed in, giving a nice sparkle to the depth of our ashes. My prayer is our worshipful act will make visible our loving, inclusive embrace of all God’s children, an ever-present, continuing word in the world today.
I have had a few queries about why we are doing this. Is glitter somehow making light of the solemnity of Ash Wednesday and Lent itself. Anything but!
Glitter is like love. It is irresistible and irrepressible. Ashes are a
statement that death and suffering are real. Glitter is a sign of hope
amidst. Hope that does not despair. Glitter signals our promise to repent,
to show up, to witness, to work. Glitter never gives up–and neither should
Today we receive the mark of the cross on our foreheads to begin the 40 days of reflection and repentance in preparation for Easter. Glitter
ashes let the world know that Pilgrim UCC is an inclusive, LGBTQ+ positive
community of Christians. I can think of no more sacred confession for the world to hear.
We proclaim that Jesus commands us to love, not hate. Glitter ashes are our
witness to this inclusive Christian message. By becoming visible, we show
our faith in God who empowers us and wants us to repent of hurting each
other. We also want people to see how important our faith is to us.
So tonight we will make God’s spark easier to see. We will stand
witness to the gritty, glittery, scandalous hope that exists in the very
marrow of our faith and tradition.
Hope to see you tonight.