What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent by creating space for us to focus our hearts through repentance and prayer. At our reflective Ash Wednesday service, we will worship together, hear a brief message, and spend time in personal contemplation before receiving the repentance ashes. Join us on February 26th as we turn together to the living God who sent His only Son for us.
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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.
At our reflective Ash Wednesday service, we want to create space for you to focus your heart through repentance and prayer. We will worship together, hear a brief message, and spend time in personal contemplation before receiving the repentance ashes. In the end, this service is simply a tangible reminder of our sinfulness and mortality and of our utter dependence upon the grace of God and the power of Christ’s resurrection.
The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!