Wednesday, March 1
Service in the Sanctuary: Noon-12:30 p.m.
Lunch in Massey-Tucker Hall: 12:30-1 p.m.
*to-go boxes available
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The ashes symbolize our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. 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. This is symbolized through the imposition of ashes—placing a cross of ashes on one’s forehead. The ashes we wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die. During the imposition of ashes the words: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19) are spoken to each person who comes forward. (Adapted from Companion to the Book of Common Worship)
Victory over death and entrance into everlasting life is secured through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The bitterness of our humanity and mortality is transformed to praise and joy as we live our lives in the saving grace and peace of Jesus Christ.