In my opinion, last night was a wonderful night for our church. So many people came to St. Andrew's and shared a meal and donated money for the food bank. We raised $640 and served 130 people and I am guessing we all were equally tired. So...Thank you.
It is now Ash Wednesday, a time when we face our mortality and a time when we reflect on our character. This is a time when we look inward and in a way decide to make changes that are more of a reflection of the persons God wants us to be. I do not need to tell you what you should do differently. Really, only you can do that.
In a little bit we will have the distribution of ashes. Each of you will be invited to come forward and have these ashes placed in a cross on your forehead. At the same time I will say, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” It is a simple statement that speaks volumes.
We are born, we live, we die. The end comes to all of us but it is what we do between being born and dying that makes all the difference in our lives and the lives of those we touch. You touched a lot of lives last night whether you were flipping pancakes, caring for children, or washing dishes. I can't help but think that the service you did for our community made God smile.