Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The official beginning of Lent is marked by Ash Wednesday, an opportunity to set our hearts on the sadness of sin and death in the context of the gift of redemption given through Jesus Christ.
The ashes that mark our foreheads are a reminder of the idea of “from dust to dust,” and that through the infinite goodness of God’s grace, eternal life is available to each of us.
Historically, ashes have been a sign of mortality and the need for repentance. Traditionally, the ashes come from burning the palms used in the prior year’s Palm Sunday service, which are then mixed with water or oil. Some practices including naming a temptation or personal struggle or sin, and burning it along with the palms. Forgiveness through repentance and God’s grace are represented with a cross that is applied to the forehead of each worshipper.
We hope you will join us for this sacred service, which will lead us through Lent and to Easter Sunday morning.