• Rev. Richard

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday sees the commencement of Lent, it follows Shrove Tuesday, the day we emptied our food cupboards so that we might fast today. The steady stream of children and adults enjoyed their pancakes, ice cream and sauces at The Avenue yesterday and some may now be going without?

But, why should we go without? Well, simply put, it reminds us as Christians that we are dependent on God and by going without food we acknowledge that we are not self-reliant, but reliant on God and his son Jesus Christ who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Jesus reminds us that we don’t live isolated lives , but in solidarity with his creation – the world. So, today as we go without food, it reminds us that we rely on God as others are counting on us too. The meals we would otherwise have had today can then get donated either in terms of the food itself or as money to those who are less fortunate.

At the end of the day we’ll meet up for an Ash Wednesday service at Sale Moor, it’s a most moving service starting at 20.00 – see you there.


Lord God,

You are the Holy One,

have mercy on us.

We confess our wrongdoings to you.

Acknowledging that we’ve fallen short of your glory

and that without your mercy we would be like ash.

We are sorry and pray that this time of Lent

Will be one of reflection and confession

So that we might rely more and more on you as Saviour.


Bible Reading – Matthew 4: 1-10

The Temptation of Jesus

Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. He was taken there to be tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. The devil came to tempt him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.”

Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say,

‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.     Their lives depend on what God says.’”

Then the devil led Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem and put him on a high place at the edge of the Temple area. He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump off, because the Scriptures say,

‘God will command his angels to help you,     and their hands will catch you, so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’”

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and all the wonderful things in them. The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Get away from me, Satan! The Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God.     Serve only him!’”