Ash Wednesday

February 26, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the beginning of 40 days of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one’s sorrow for having committed sins. The placing of the ashes on our foreheads is an outward sign of our faith and a way of saying we “repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The ashes are made from palm leaves used in previous Palm Sunday services. Having the ashes placed on one’s forehead is optional. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the preparation to understand the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some people choose to partake in a fast beginning on Ash Wednesday to cut out something that acts as a distraction from God. Join us as we look ahead to the coming Lent season by remembering our creation from the dust and giving thanks for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Childcare is available for 3 and under, though children of all ages are welcome in this time of worship.