Ash Wednesday Worship Service
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
February 14 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary with the Imposition of Ashes
The ashes symbolize our humility before God, and the recognition we are mortal.
Learn more about Ash Wednesday below. This service will also be livestreamed.
What is the primary spiritual journey of Lent? Lent is a time to intentionally travel the road with Jesus toward his death and resurrection, so that we become more personally ‘dead to sin and alive to Christ’ in our daily living.
What is the primary emphasis of Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday begins the journey of Lent. Its theme is confession and repentance of sin. Ashes are placed on the forehead as a sign of repentance remembering that “from dust you came and to dust you shall return.”
What are the Lenten themes for Sunday worship and personal spirituality? This year, our Lenten focus is “Embracing Disabilities: Creating an Everybody Mentality.”
Why does Lent emphasize fasting, prayer, and giving to the poor? Fasting from food, or something else, is a symbol of the discipline it takes to turn away from sin. Prayer is the act of turning to God in dependence. Giving to the poor is the symbol of the virtue we are taking on to replace our sin.
What is a suggested discipline for Lent? These disciplines are external practices that we engage in, trusting God will use them to bring greater order and permanence to our ongoing internal conversion of dying to sin and living for Christ:
- Deny yourself a specific regular pleasure or vice for the 40 days leading to Easter (such as sweets, alcohol, tobacco, watching, television, reading the newspaper, Facebook, or Instagram).
- Replace that time with Bible reading and prayer, or use the money you save to give to the poor.
- Fast completely (except for water) from the Good Friday service until Easter Sunday, in anticipation of the fullness of life offered through Jesus’ resurrection.