“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” – Psalm 51:1 NRSV
Did you put your running shoes on this morning? Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a self-labeled “busy season” in the church. As a church leader and administrator, you may find yourself lost in the to-do’s of today.
- did we print enough bulletins? we always seem to run out on Ash Wednesday.
- where are the ashes? do I need to make more? does anyone have a lighter?
- is the sanctuary atmosphere appropriate? do we have enough candles?
- did someone test the sound system? is it loud enough, without being too loud?
- are the images we are projecting clear? can you read the font?
What an absurd list of things to worry about today. Today we should be focused on God, not ambiance. Now, I know, as a church leader you are in charge of creating experiences to encounter the Holy. But I would argue what we really need to do is get out-of-the-way.
In the midst of it all, whether the lighting is just right, whether the sound system works, we have to realize that even in the midst of a quest for a perfection of logistics, we are ultimately and fatally imperfect.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 NRSV
No matter what you do today. You didn’t earn grace.
God gave it to you. Act like it.