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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a day when many Christians around the world come together to prepare their hearts for the season of Lent. You are invited to join us for a special Ash Wednesday service at The Vineyard Church. During this service Matt Greco will lead us in worship, we will hear a brief devotional, share communion together, and practice the imposition of ashes. For those who are unfamiliar with Ash Wednesday and the “imposition of ashes” here are some helps:

Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter and the first day of Lent. The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a practice which many congregations have found to be a very meaningful part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy.

Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (e.g., Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence.

Ashes symbolize several aspects of our human existence:

  • Ashes remind us of God’s condemnation of sin, as God said to Adam, “Dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
  • Ashes suggest cleansing and renewal. They were used anciently in the absence of soap. On Ash Wednesday ashes are a penitential substitute for water as a reminder of our baptism.
  • Ashes remind us of the shortness of human life, for it is said as we are buried: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
  • Ashes are a symbol of our need to repent, confess our sins, and return to God.

(adapted from www.elca.org)

 

Date

March 1

Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost

FREE

Location

The Vineyard Church
5015 Grove West
Stafford, TX 77477 United States

Phone

2812408463

Organizer

Reagan Waggoner
Phone:
281.240.8463
Email:
reagan@thevineyard.church

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