The Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, invites us to begin the journey of Lent thinking about where we are going and who is travelling with us.
In Nostell Priory near Wakefield this painting by Pieter Brueghel invites us into 'The Procession to Calvary'. We join Jesus carrying his cross, hemmed in by crowds of people.
Ash Wednesday begins a Lenten journey that ends at Calvary. Brueghel's painting illustrates who we are going with – people clearly not all religious, respectable or moneyed; they are not the influential or the powerful.