The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ.
The first step of this journey calls us to acknowledge and confront our mortality, individually and corporately. In many traditions, this is symbolized through the imposition of ashes—placing a cross of ashes on one’s forehead. During the imposition of ashes the words: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19) are repeated again and again. We are to remember that we are but temporary creatures, always on the edge of death.
This Ash Wednesday, we begin our 40-day journey to the cross and empty tomb. We begin the Lenten journey with the sign of the ashes, as a reminder of our mortality, our frailty, our sinfulness, and our need for the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
This year, there will be two ways to experience worship for Ash Wednesday:
- A virtual Ash Wednesday Worship Service will be available on this website HERE or find us on our YouTube Channel at12 noon (or later) on Wednesday, February 17.
- This virtual service will include a time for the Remembrance of Ashes. At this point in the service, you are welcome to use your own ashes at home, if you have them, to mark your forehead or your hand in the sign of the cross. If you do not have ashes available, you can simply make the sign of the cross on your forehead or hand with your finger.
- There will be an outdoor Ash Wednesday Service at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, weather permitting. To participate in this service, you must pre-register BELOW. Masks are required, physical distancing will be maintained, and there will be a limit of 50 people. Given the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19, this event is subject to change. Stay tuned to Thursday Updates and weekly bulletins for up-to-date information.
The message will be the same at both services.
Sermon Title: Humble
Rev. Dr. Scott Ramsey, preaching
Scripture Readings: Psalm 51:1-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
We invite all in our community to worship with us this Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.