2019 Ash Wednesday Service

Join us tonight for a calming Ash Wednesday service with reflection and devotions at 6pm, as we mark the beginning of the forty-day journey of Lent to prepare for the celebration of Easter. All are invited to participate in the service and to experience the ashes of mortality. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating¬†in the call to repentance and reconciliation. This practice is the historic focus of Ash Wednesday observance and gave the day its name. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Passion/Palm Sunday service and burn them ahead of time to produce the ashes for this service. 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 content of the service focus on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.