*** DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT POSSIBILITY OF DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS AND ONGOING PROBLEMS RELATED TO RECENT WINTER STORMS, OUR ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE WILL BE ONLINE ONLY.
Join us for a special Ash Wednesday Service. We will have a short time of worship, a confessional liturgy, and an invitation to join us in the observance of Lent. The service will be broadcast via Facebook and our live stream feed on our website.
Ash Wednesday Explained
Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians around the world come together to prepare their hearts for the season of Lent. You are invited to join us in the evening for a special Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 PM. During this service we will worship together, hear a brief devotional, 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)