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Ash Wednesday Services

Our Ash Wednesday services will take place in the Ministry Center.

  • 12 p.m. Holy Communion (childcare offered for ages 0-5)

  • 6 p.m. Ash Wednesday liturgy only

  • 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion

These solemn services mark the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of repentance and preparation, with expressions of sorrow for our own sins, including the imposition of ashes in the sign of a cross, to remind us both of our own mortality and of the life we share in Jesus Christ.

FROM JOHN YATES
This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is traditionally a day of fasting in which we recall the weakness of our humanity, the brevity of this earthly life, and our need to examine ourselves as if standing alone before God, much as the woman caught in adultery stood alone before Jesus when he refused to condemn her or to condone her behavior but offered her a second chance. Lent has always been a time when those who have been separated from Christ or his church are called back to be reconciled and restored. The minister uses these words of invitation:

“I invite you in the name of the church, to the observance of a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and alms giving; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”

We cannot appreciate the mercy and grace of God unless we see the seriousness of our own sin. When we gather together on Ash Wednesday, we endeavor to allow the searching light of God to shine into our life.

I suggest meditating on Psalm 51 as a good way to prepare oneself.

PSALM 51
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Earlier Event: March 5
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Later Event: March 7
Women's Six-Week Lenten Study