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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Preparing for Ash Wednesday

I was going to scarf down pancakes today, but worship got in the way, so I settled for Taco Bell.

The reason I say worship got in the way is because I used my lunch break from The Daily Times to plan Ash Wednesday. I should have just headed over to IHOP and forgot about it, because pretty much everything I did was scrapped this evening in favor of a a more intimate, soulful gathering.

It is in keeping with my being drawn back to the basics. There was a time when I was eating meat, woofing down spiritual ribeyes, but at some point I lost my teeth and now find myself sensing a need to return to milk.

And so, the likely tiny group who will join me at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday will find a time of worship that brings us close together with prayer, Scripture reading, and simple song.

We will write spiritual epitaphs to remind us that from simple dust we came, and to simple dust we will return.

We will make the mark of the cross ... and we will step out on a 40-day journey with Jesus.

And by the grace of God, we will emerge transformed on Easter Sunday.

Grace and peace ...