Sing out! We’re made of common dust;
One day, to dust we shall return!
Yet, God, you’ve placed your mark on us
And so for you our spirits yearn.
This gift of ashes we receive
Reminds us we belong to you.
You call us to repent, believe,
and seek your Way in all we do.
The dust and dirt of children’s play,
of youthful times, of working years
Are part of life— and life’s decay;
We wash the dust with sorrow’s tears.
We sing, O God, of what you give:
This ash reminds us we are yours.
In life we’re claimed, in death we live!
In Christ our life, your love endures.
CANONBURY LM (“Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”)
Biblical Reference: Genesis 3:19
Tune: Robert Schumann, 1839
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.