Tomorrow we celebrate Ash Wednesday.
This tradition marks the beginning of the season of preparation prior to Easter, also called Lent. Ash Wednesday takes places 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter. During these 40 days we are offered an opportunity to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us, giving his life so that we might experience eternal life!
The Ash Wednesday worship gathering is a reminder of our desperation for God. We remember the words of Paul as he wrote to the church at Ephesus, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1).
It’s a sobering thought.
But God made a way! On Ash Wednesday we ask forgiveness as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
By using music, spoken word and media elements, we will remember our need for God and prepare our hearts to receive the truth that the Easter season offers: Jesus loves us desperately and wants to have a relationship with each one of us.
As the service draws to a close you will be invited to receive ashes. The ashes will be placed on your forehead or hand in the sign of the cross as symbol of repentance for the things that separate us from God.
When we see ourselves as we truly are, a people with a desperate need, we can fully appreciate the life-giving grace that Jesus offers.
We hope you will join us on March 1 at 6:30pm as we worship together.