What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent by creating space for us to focus our hearts through repentance and prayer. Though we will not be holding any in-person Ash Wednesday services this year, we will have a reflection available all day to help you connect with God.

Join us right here on February 17th as we turn together to the living God who sent His only Son for us.

Why Ashes?

The forty days of Lent are traditionally spent focusing on acts of devotion: prayer, fasting, self-denial, self-examination, and penitence. On Ash Wednesday, Christians around the world make space for self-examination and penitence… but why the ashes?

Ashes have been symbolic through the centuries. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with the biblical words found in the opening epic of the human story: “you are dust and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). First of all, the ashes are a visible reminder that our time here is short; every day is a gift from God.

But ashes have also stood as a symbol of mourning and repentance. The first step of this Lenten journey invites us to acknowledge our mortality and our sinfulness by the imposition of ashes. In the end, the ashes are simply a tangible reminder of our sinfulness, mortality, and total dependence upon the grace of God and the power of Christ’s resurrection.

Though we will not be imposing ashes this year, with our Ash Wednesday reflection, we will worship together and hear a reminder of the true heart behind the Lenten season. 

The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!