WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY?
From the inception of the Christian church, Christians have observed the final days of Jesus’ earthly life, His passion, the cross and the resurrection with the deepest devotion. It has come to be known as the season of Lent and it prepares us for these events with a serious examination of our spiritual lives.
Lent is a time of penitence, self-discipline, and renewal. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our mortality and as we confess our sins we experience forgiveness through the cross of Christ. As we come to receive the mark of the ash on our foreheads (or hands), Scripture teaches us that they are symbols of mortality and signs of mourning and repentance.
We reflect on these themes, however, not as the final word, but with the assurance that Christ has conquered death and that “nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
We invite you, church family, to join us as we gather this Wednesday, February 26th at 12 o’clock noon for a brief session of worship. If you work in the area, we want to invite you to spend your lunch break with us! It will be no longer than an hour.
The service will be reflective and is designed to help us focus on the journey to Holy Week and Easter.