Ash Wednesday

During Advent, Con Squires talked to me about wanting to find ways for St. Stephen’s people to share our stories of faith with one another.  As the conversation continued, we hit on the idea of posting a God Blog during Lent.  Over the next forty days, we hope to post a “God Moment” reflection each day.  Please email the office, if you would like to receive the daily blog entry as a daily email during Lent.  We hope that these daily meditations draw you more deeply into relationship with the people of St. Stephen’s and God.  Also, if these you find yourself inspired by these faithful postings, please join the God Blog Team by sending our reflection to

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a Holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”  Book of Common Prayer, 265

Surely, I come face to face with God as I come to face to face with young and old; rich and poor; black, white, and brown; immigrant and native born; cradle Episcopalian and unsettled seeker; saint and sinner on Ash Wednesday.  There is nothing quite like putting an ash cross on a person’s forehead and saying, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

— The Rev. Jane Soyster Gould