THE SEASON OF LENT BEGINS MARCH 6th
Presbyterian pastor and author Frederick Buechner describes it this way: “In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves” (Listening to Your Life, p. 56).
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Easter Sunday. It is a time for us to prepare for the resurrection—to prepare for celebrating and living into the truth that we are Easter People.
ASH WEDNESDAY SUPPER & WORSHIP SERVICE
We begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday (March 6) Supper in the Multi-purpose Room. It begins at 6:15 p.m. This will be a special time of fellowship before worship.
Our Ash Wednesday Worship Service is at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. You will be invited (if you wish) to receive a sign of ashes in the form of a cross on your forehead or on your hand. This is an ancient Christian practice. Dorothy Soelle describes it this way: “The greatest sin of humans is to forget that we are royal children. Rabbi Bunam said to his disciples: Everyone must have two pockets, so that he (or she) can reach into the one or the other, according to the need. In the right pocket are to be the words: ‘For my sake was the world created,’ and in the left: ‘I am earth and ashes’” (The Silent Cry, p. 42). Ash Wednesday helps us remember who we are, with humility and grateful awe.
Date(s) - Mar 6, 2019
6:15pm - 8:00pm