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Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14

Ash Wednesday imageAsh Wednesday Services at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm

On Wednesday evening, February 14, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday we remember our own mortality and and seek forgiveness. We do this through a simple and moving ritual of marking one another with ashes mixed with oil. The power and importance of Ash Wednesday is for all ages. When children see the adults they love and respect wearing ashes and they themselves are marked with ashes, they know they belong. They too are God’s people. Other days they may know that with their minds, but on Ash Wednesday we know it in a powerful way with our eyes. Because we are all marked not with golden markers but with messy black ashes, children and adults together learn that all of us mess up and are forgiven. In a world where we are all told we can do better and can make good choices and should strive to be perfect, this is important life-shaping practice. We share a special bond in our brokenness — our common humanity is where we connect most deeply. We affirm together what Leonard Cohen brilliantly wrote, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

There will be two opportunities this year to participate in Ash Wednesday services: at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm. At 12:30 pm, join Pastor Melanie  for a brief 15 minute time of prayer and ashes. At 6:30 pm, the Ash Wednesday service will be about 25 minutes and include music. All ages are welcome at both services and both will be in the Chapel. Beginning the season of Lenten reflection with the mark of ashes and time with your church family is powerful. We hope you will join us.

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