Historically the church has called the 40 days preceding Easter the season of Lent. While we commonly think of Lent as a time to “give up” something or do a kind of fasting, the main purpose of the season is a time to do self-reflection while considering the great cost of Christ’s journey to the cross. We begin the season of Lent with a service called “Ash Wednesday”, where we remember our mortality and our need for repentance using ancient symbols of ashes. Ashes symbolize sadness and grief, and are a reminder that human beings are like dust, we are created from earth and to earth we shall return. Ashes are placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross to remind us that when we share in Christ’s life, we also share in his death.
Ash Wednesday worship will take place in the sanctuary at 7pm on February 10th. All are welcome.