We begin each Lent by remembering that “you are dust and to dust you will return.”  However, this is not an exercise in pessimism.  In Genesis 2, God breathed life into dirt!  We begin Lent remembering that no matter how much we feel like dirt, God has a future for us. 

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You may remember your mortality and God’s promise in one of these ways:

  • Drive-thru Imposition:  This has concluded.

  • During worship:  Mark the cross on your forehead or the foreheads of your family members during our worship service.  Suggestions for what to use are below.

  • On your own:  Use the ritual and suggestions below to mark the cross on your forehead or the foreheads of your family members anytime of your choosing. 

What to use for "Ashes"

We traditionally use ashes from last year's Palm Sunday branches, but it's not a requirement.  Consider one of these options this year:​

  • Ashes from your fireplace or firepit.

  • Soil from your house plants.

  • Dirt from the ground outside your house.  

  • Cinnamon from your pantry.

  • Pick up a container of our palm ashes from the bin outside the front doors of the church building.  

Keep in mind you don't need a lot of material. 

Mix the ashes or dirt with a little olive oil to help it stick together and to you.  However, don't use so much that it becomes runny.  

How to Impose Ashes

  1. Pause and take a deep breath.
    Remember that God is with you...wherever you are, in this moment.  If with others, name that out loud.

  2. Say this or your own prayer:  Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.  May these ashes [OR this dirt] be a sign of our mortality and penitence, reminding us that only by the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ are we given eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

  3. Press your finger into your dirt or ashes.  If it's not sticking, you might need to add a little more olive oil.  

  4. Make the sign of the cross on yourself or the people you are with. 
    If you are uncomfortable with the cross on your forehead, you can also make it on the back of your hand.  
    Don't worry if the cross doesn't look perfect.  The cross of Christ is messy business.  If it didn't stick, just try again until it does.  

  5. Say, "You are dust, and to dust you will return."
    Wipe off your finger.

  6. Say this or your own prayer:  Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation, that we may show forth your glory in the world.  By the cross and passion of your Son, of Savior, bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.  Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

  7. Conclude with the Lord's Prayer.  


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Copyright Acknowledgement:​

Service music (C) 2006 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.  Permission to podcast/stream the text and music in this service obtained from One with license #A-729952.