Tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday Services now online only due to snow
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17th at noon or 6:00 PM in our virtual worship space. Click here to enter.
What is Ash Wednesday? Here is an expert from The United Methodist Book of Worship:
“Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith. The form and context of the service focus on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.
The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian Worship. The Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service and burn them ahead of time to produce the ashes for this service.
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten which means “spring.” The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance for all Christians. The First Sunday describes Jesus’ temptation by Satan; and the Sixth Sunday (Palm Sunday), Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death. Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.”