Join us for Ash Wednesday Service in the sanctuary this Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6PM
Join us to start the Lenten season this Wednesday evening at 6PM with the imposition of ashes.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The following description of Lent comes from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship.
“Lent” comes from an old English word for springtime, perhaps connected with the lengthening of days in this time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere… It is a period of forty days—like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to repentance to Ninevah, and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness.
The season of Lent is a time of growth in faith—through prayer, spiritual discipline, and self-examination in preparation for the commemoration of the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is most appropriate then to begin this season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a service of confession in which we acknowledge that we have sinned and fallen short of God’s ideal for our lives. This is a service where we repent and turn to God who embraces us with grace and mercy and directs us to a more faithful way of living.
During the service, there is the imposition of ashes in which the following words are spoken as ashes are placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross:
Remember that you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.
Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance, sorrow, and sacrifice. And, these words remind of our own mortality—that we are not going to live forever—and thus invite us to embrace today as new beginning of living more fully and richly as God intends. They also remind us that life is fragile and so we need to tread lightly and spread love rather than hate, peace instead of division, and healing for a world that is all too wounded.