In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens … the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground …
4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6 but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
On Ash Wednesday, many Christians begin Lent by receiving the sign of the cross in ash on their forehead. The words spoken – “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return … ” – echo the second creation narrative in Genesis which describes God forming Adam “from the dust of the ground”.
This image is a timely reminder that human beings and the earth are closely linked. Everyone and everything is part of the community of creation.
Lent challenges us to “Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.” Choose something to give up eating, buying or using this Lent that will help you care for creation.
Prayer for the week
God is love, let heaven adore him;
God is love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him
and exalt him with one voice.
God who laid the earth’s foundation,
God who spread the heavens above,
God who breathes through all creation:
God is love, eternal love.
Timothy Rees (1874-1939)
Give up something to help the environment
During Lent we remember that Jesus spent 40 days going without food and comfort in the wilderness.
Could you give up something this Lent that would save electricity, plastic, waste or water?
This Ash Wednesday we will be having a service at 7 pm at St Edward’s – All Welcome: