ASH WEDNESDAY
March 2, 2022
 

ASHES-to-GO

  • Receive ashes and a blessing.
    • 8-10am: J-Town Deil
    • 10:15-11:30am: Autumn Nomad
    • Noon-1:30pm: Glen Ledge Deli McSheffreys North
    • 2-3:45pm: JCC sanctuary
    • 4-6pm: Shannon Door

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP 

Beatitude Devotional: Wed, Feb 17 – SAW

WEEK 1: Scripture from Matthew 5: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them …

Reflection on words from Beatitudes

Wed, Feb 17 (Ash Wednesday):  SAW

         To see. To be seen.

Today we burn palm leaves from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration. We burn away the innocent cheerfulness and euphoria — the ‘pomp and circumstance’ — of last year’s Hosannas. Truthfully, we may have a tough time remembering hosannas from last year — it has been a long twelve months. Symbolically, we burn away outer layers, veils and masks, and the external armor that hides us.

As we burn the leaves, we let go of something. We also reveal something.

The green leaves have dried and yellowed. They are only the memory of some portion of our lives that we’ve clung to — preserved for a year — now released by flames. In the flames, they curl and shrivel. Grow black and gray. Change to charcoal, soot and ash.

Today we gather up whatever is left, whatever didn’t go up in smoke. We scoop ashes. Combine them with the oil of anointing, and wear them.

Today is a confession. It’s a submission. It’s a surrender.

Today we bow our heads or fall to our knees, so we can rise again. Rise: known, named, claimed. Rise: beloved.

Oh, to be sure, we don’t become suddenly perfect as we confess. We’re as imperfect as ever. We’re as messy and broken as before, and also as beautiful and possible, as before. Yet we are also accepted and forgiven.

In this moment, we drop our guard. Look into the face of God, or ask God to look upon our faces. Doing so, we invite the experience of being fully seen, fully known.

Afterward, sooty leftovers grace our skin as thumbprints, crosses, or circles. We wear Christ’s fingerprints. Mark ourselves. Allow ourselves to be marked.

Thus, at our best, we are honest in these moments when we bare ourselves to holy Love. After all, what’s the benefit of hiding from Godself? We’ve been seen and known all along. The only ones from whom we really hide are ourselves, and maybe other people. God knows us, whether we choose to be known or not.

Yet it makes a difference, when we choose to participate, and to offer ourselves to the Love that sees us. Especially when we then turn toward the world, bearing the mark of being seen and known, and loved. — Rev Gail

Meditations:

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ― Confucius

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. Meister Eckhart

Challenge: Look in the mirror. And with kindness, with compassion, meet your own eyes and tell yourself you are loved. If you have the chance, look someone else in the eye, and hold that gaze for 10 seconds, and at the end of it, tell the other person, “You are loved.”

Ash Wednesday Schedule: Feb 17

  • ASHES to GO
    8-10am • JTown Deli
    Ashes available in individually-prepared packages, on take-away cards, or in-person from Rev Gail. COVID precautions required: masks and hand sanitizing.
  • ASHES to GO
    11am-1pm • JCC Sanctuary
    Ashes available in individually-prepared packages, on take-away cards, or in-person from Rev Gail. COVID precautions required: masks and hand sanitizing.
  • ASHES to GO
    4-4:30pm • Shannon Door
    Ashes available in individually-prepared packages, on take-away cards, or in-person from Rev Gail. COVID precautions required: masks and hand sanitizing.
  • ASHES to GO
    6-7pm • JCC Sanctuary
    Ashes available in individually-prepared packages, on take-away cards, or in-person from Rev Gail. COVID precautions required: masks and hand sanitizing.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
    7pm • Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/142985761?pwd=T214WDhHRmxoYXE0dWRCNk53SFppQT09. 
    Option: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, Meeting ID: 142985761, Password: 603603.
    Join us for scripture and prayer. Join us (email church for link) for a brief observance of Ash Wednesday. Note that we are also offering ‘Ashes to Go’ throughout the day: 8-10am (JTown), 11am-1pm (JCC), 4-4:30pm (Shannon Door), 6-7pm (JCC).

Ash Wednesday Reflection

In order to rise from its own ashes
A phoenix first must burn.
― Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

You have risen from the ashes before.
The only way to survive … is to believe you always will.
― Samantha Shannon, The Song Rising

SONGS for ASH WEDNESDAY

What I Did With Your Ashes (excerpts)— Amy Gerstler
  … Remarked to your box:
“REINCARNATION comes from roots
meaning ‘to be made flesh again.'”  
Stowed your box under my bed for a week
to seed dreams in which you advise me. (This didn’t work.)  
Opened the Babylonian Talmud at random.
Read aloud to your gritty, gray-white powder:
“There are three keys which the Holy One, blessed be
He, has not entrusted into the hands of any messenger.
These are: the key of rain, the key of birth,
and the key of the resurrection of the dead.”

The Ashes — Karin Gottshall
You were carried here by hands
and now the wind has you, gritty as incense, dark sparkles borne  
in the shape of blowing, this great atmospheric bloom,
spinning under the bridge and expanding—  
shape of wind and its pattern of shattering.
Having sloughed off the urn’s temporary shape,  
there is another of you now—
tell me which to speak to: the one you were, or are, the one who waited  
in the ashes for this scattering,
or the one now added to the already haunted woods,
the woods that sigh and shift their leaves—  
where your mystery billows, then breathes.


WED, Feb 19 – WED, Feb 26 — School vacation through Fri, Feb 21 —

WED, Feb 19

  • Schools closed
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9am • Parish House. 
    Fitness class. Free; open to public. Stretching and fitness workouts with certified fitness coach Laurie McAleer. Exercises can be adjusted to individual needs. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, class is cancelled.
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • JCC Elected church officers, staff, and team representatives meet to reviews church mission and decisions for governance and operations. Open to all.

THURS, Feb 20

  • Schools closed
  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am & 5pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, Way Station is closed.
  • YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA for the Mindful Body with Anjali Rose 9am • Jackson Community Church
    Note: 6 weeks $60. Contact Anjali Rose for more info. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, yoga is cancelled.
  • Community Event: TODDLER STORYTIME
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: EVENING CRAFT-UP
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an existing craft to do with neighbors at the library!
  • AA
    6:30pm • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor

FRI, Feb 21

  • Schools closed
  • PASTOR’S DROP-IN J-TOWN DELI HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk or meet privately by texting/calling Rev Gail’s cell @ 978.273.0308.
  • Private Class: AVALANCHE CLASS
    8:30am-5pm • Jackson Community Church
    Class for back-country winter skiers and hikers to prepare for survival and response to avalanche conditions.
  • Community Event: SEWING with KATHY
    2pm • Jackson Library
    Special vacation week edition of sewing sweet things with Kathy! Make your own lovebug or lovegrub. Please sign up online or phone library at 603-383-9731 so they have materials prepared.

SAT, Feb 22

  • NHCUCC Event: PREPARED to SERVE
    8am-4pm • Pembroke, NH
    Workshops and training for church programs. Rev Gail attends afternoon sessions.

SUN, Feb 23

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • BLESSINGS of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    Rev Gail provides blessings for staff and XC skiers.
  • POP-UP CHOIR
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come learn songs early and help as song leaders for congregation.
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Message: Rev Gail Doktor
    * Music director & instrumentalist: Alan Labrie
  • CUTTING PARTY for MARDI GRAS
    11:45am • Jackson Community Church
    Bring your apron, favorite chopping knife, paring knife, cutting board. Chef Sue will direct our efforts!
  • Community Event: RACIAL JUSTICE CONVERSATIONS
    3:30pm • Jackson Public Library
    Third of 6-part series to hold conversations on racial justice and how our community can become more self-aware and active around this issue. Joint program sponsored by Jackson Public Library & Jackson Community Church. If you haven’t already joined us and want to attend,  RSVP to learn what we covered in the earlier sessions and feel free to join us for as many conversations as possible! Free and open to public.
  • Community Event: CONCERT with Dominique Dodge and Rosie MacKenzie
    5pm • Jackson Library

MON, Feb 24

  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts.
  • COOKING for MARDI GRAS
    9am-Noon • Jackson Community Church
    Bring your apron, favorite chopping knife, paring knife, cutting board. Chef Sue will direct our efforts!
  • BARTLETT-JACKSON SCOUT PACK 321
    6pm • Jackson Community Church
    Meet for pack and troop activities. Contact pack organizer Allyn Roberts for additional information.

TUE, Feb 25 – FAT TUESDAY!

  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Brown Church
    Clergy gathering to plan ecumenical services. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Event: CRAFTERNOON
    Noon • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an unfinished craft to the library and work with others while you visit, too.
  • No more meetings in Feb for the Multi-Church BIBLE STUDY GROUP
    Resumes in Lent, beginning Tue, Mar 3rd.
  • FAT TUESDAY PREP COOKING & DECORATING
    Noon-6pm • Jackson Community Church
  • DAISY SCOUT TROOP HELPS with MARDI GRAS
    Afternoon • Jackson Community Church
  • FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION
    6-8pm • Jackson Community Church
    Come for jazz music with KHS Jazz Ensemble & Slimpikcins! Enjoy Mardi Gras cuisine and costumes. Come dressed up!
  • Community Concert: JAZZ with HEATHER PIERSON TRIO
    8pm • Stone Mountain Arts Center, Denmark, ME
    Tickets and info.

WED, Feb 26 – ASH WEDNESDAY

  • ASHES to GO
    7-9am • JTown Deli
  • ASHES to GO
    10:30am-12:30pm • Jackson Community Church
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9am • Parish House. 
    Fitness class. Free; open to public. Stretching and fitness workouts with certified fitness coach Laurie McAleer. Exercises can be adjusted to individual needs. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, class is cancelled.
  • Community Event: ECUMENICAL ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
    5:30pm – Choir Practice • Brown Church, Conway Village
    6:30pm – Worship Service • Brown Church, Conway VillageClergy of the Eastern Slope invite friends and members to attend a jointly-run services hosted at the Brown Church. Rev Gail officates along with colleagues. All welcome!
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