Ash Wednesday 5
To mark the beginning of Lent and our preparation
This is a slightly more advanced version of the
PRIEST: When we love someone, we want to
be close to that person.
God loves us and wants to be close to us, like a father.
We also love God and want to be close to him, but sometimes we are so
busy that we forget this. We need to stop for a while - to think about
and renew our relationship with God.
CHILD: Lent is a special time when we can
stop and think about this relationship. When we do this, we are like
Jesus who went into the desert for forty days. He did this so he could
think deeply, about God his father.
PRIEST: We are not asked to go into the
desert, but we are asked to spend the time of Lent thinking deeply
about ourselves and our love for God. We can only do better in the
future if we think about what we have done in the past.
CHILD: Here is a story which explains this.
Jane and Paul are both good at swimming. They hope to become even
better - and maybe, one day, be selected for the British team. They
train hard every week. They belong to the county swimming club. The
swimming coach at the club likes using a video camera. He makes a film
of Jane and Paul swimming - and then he plays it back to them. When
they watch the film. Jane and Paul are able to see their strong points
and their weak points.
Their enthusiasm is strengthened - and they decide to train even harder
to reach their goal.
PRIEST: Lent is like that video; it gives
us a chance to look at ourselves and find out more about our strong
points and our weak points.
So today, on this first day of Lent, as we receive the Ashes, let us
decide to use this time fully, to renew our relationship with God.
DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES
CHILD: I am like the sky,
Cloudy one day, bright the next.
Which is the real me?
Sometimes sad, sometimes happy,
Sometimes weak, sometimes strong.
Who is the real me?
PRIEST: Teach us, 0 God, to look at
Help us to realise what is good about us and what is not good.
May we thank you for the good things
And ask your forgiveness for the bad.
With your help, we can grow
To be all that you want us to be.