Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 PM, Sanctuary
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is the 40-day season leading up to the commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion and the celebration of his Resurrection. Lent is a season of introspection, repentance and intentional spiritual growth.
The 40 days length of the season is taken from Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we as Christians enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. Christians typically fast from something during the season of Lent to identify with Jesus and help realigning our lives and focus toward God so that we may live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Please join us on Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm in the Sanctuary for our Ash Wednesday service. During the service, ashes will be lightly rubbed in the sign of the cross onto the foreheads of those who wish to receive ashes. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. It is a tradition that dates back over 3,000 years and is a reminder of our mortality (“ashes to ashes, dust to dust”). The Ash Wednesday service is a beautiful and meaningful way to begin our Lenten journey together.