Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday

Worship

February 26th

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Ashes, Prayer, & The Hard Work of Repentance

Lent begins with a rather outlandish idea: let’s come and remember we’re finite and fallible, imperfect and mortal.  Far from the revelry of Springtime, Mardi Gras, and the planning for March Madness brackets, Lent makes for strange counter-programming, and skipping this time of repentance and deep looks inward would definitely be easier.

However, this crazy idea is also the first step in acknowledging our need for God.  Without confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, we can never have Christ in our hearts, following him as Lord and Savior.  That’s why Ash Wednesday is so important, and why we’ll have the sanctuary open for twelve hours, from 7am-7pm.  Anytime during these hours, you are welcome to prayerfully begin your Lent in this unique worship experience.  You’ll receive a booklet to guide you through the stations, and your experience will end with ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead.  There will also be booklets for Children and Youth so that they can go through Ash Wednesday in their own special way.  You can take as long as you need to process through the stations; your pace is between you and God.

During the Sundays in Lent, we’ll be diving into prayer through the Gospel of Matthew.  We’ll ask Jesus to teach us to pray so we learn to love, following Jesus as he is tempted in the wilderness (Ch. 4:1-11) and as he gives his disciples the Lord’s prayer during the Sermon on the Mount in Chapter 6.  We’ll also take a Sunday to hear about the work God is doing through our new church start at Lowell Correctional Institute in Reddick.  In all these times of worship, I hope you’ll worship through the ashes of repentant prayer so you may receive the world-changing forgiveness of God’s love.

As outlandish as Lent and Ash Wednesday may seem at first glance, the work to go through them always pays off.  Extracting ourselves from all the distractions around us, we can more effectively work with God to re-make us into the forgiven, loving, joyful, eternally peaceful person God created us to be!

I’ll see you on Ash Wednesday!  ~Robert