Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow, we will gather to remember Ash Wednesday. Forty-six days lay between imposing ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our sin and mortality and the joy of the resurrection, God’s declaration that sin and death do not have the final word. Traditionally, these days of Lent were used as a time of baptismal preparation for new believers in the church, getting ready for baptism at the Easter vigil. For those who have already been baptized, Lent is a time where we focus on growing in faith and deepening our roots in God’s word.


Tomorrow, we will gather to remember Ash Wednesday. Forty-six days lay between imposing ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our sin and mortality and the joy of the resurrection, God’s declaration that sin and death do not have the final word. Traditionally, these days of Lent were used as a time of baptismal preparation for new believers in the church, getting ready for baptism at the Easter vigil. For those who have already been baptized, Lent is a time where we focus on growing in faith and deepening our roots in God’s word.


This time of worship on Ash Wednesday is quite different than other times we gather. Every Sunday, when we gather, we do so with joy as we celebrate the resurrection again. Instead, as we gather for Ash Wednesday, our service is marked by silence, stillness and solemnity. We have buried the Alleluia and instead are reminded of the fleeting nature of life. “This service’s ritual use of ashes reminds Christians of two central truths of the human condition. We are mortal. As Genesis 3 says, we are earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Adam comes from adamah, meaning soil, the human from humus. As well, we are sinners, and as Isrealite tradition ritualized this, we repent in dust and ashes” (Keeping Time (Using Evangelical Lutheran Worship), p 85).


Join us at 10 am or 7 pm. We will gather together, confess our sin, receive the reminder of our mortality and gather at the table to be fed and strengthened for the season ahead. I hope to see you there.


In the abiding hope of the Risen Lord,


Pastor Lecia

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