Jesus said “Come to me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28
As we begin our journey through Lent we start as every service in the Anglican tradition begins - with the gathering. It’s considered important enough to have its own heading in the Liturgy and reminds us that the act of drawing together is in itself an act of drawing closer to the God who not distant, not ‘out there’ somewhere, but is within and amongst us.
Gathering - particularly in a church - can be unsettling. We might think ‘what I am doing here?’ or consider ourselves unworthy, or out of place. We are reminded in our worship that all are welcome and don’t have to do or be anything or anyone ‘special’ to be a part of God’s family. Come as you are.
A musical reflection to begin our travels. A reminder on this Ash Wednesday that penitence is not concerned with causing guilt or shame, but welcome, forgiveness and healing