ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 12noon & 7pm

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD 

2018 LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES

 

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP

Service Times:

12 noon & 7:00 pm

 Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter and the first day of Lent. The day is named for the practice of placing ashes on people’s foreheads as part of the Ash Wednesday worship service.  Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (e.g., Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence (showing sorrow and regret for doing wrong.) Ashes remind us of:

  • God’s condemnation of sin, as God said to Adam, “Dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
  • cleansing and renewal. Ashes were used anciently in the absence of soap. the shortness and preciousness of human life.
  • our need to confess, repent and return to God.
  • our need of a Savior, forgiveness and a fresh start.

On Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes in the form of the cross, not accidentally the same symbol placed on our bodies with water in our baptism. Thus, while the ashen cross is a sign of our sin and death, it also represents the anticipated new life of Easter.

Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America www.elca.org/worshipfaq. Copyright © 2013