Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 7pm
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It takes it’s name from the ceremonial imposition of ashes on the foreheads of worshipers as a sign of human sin and mortality. This ancient tradition, going back at least to the tenth century, communicates the human condition before God by solemn word and sign. The silence and solemn tone of the service, along with the texts and songs, are all intended to focus our lives on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.
While the use of ashes as a sign of mortality may be new to some, it has a significant history in Jewish and Christian worship. The imposition of ashes is a powerful experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. This day can become, in some manner, a Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, for the Christian community.
Although we did get some freezing precipitation last night (1/12/13) and have a few flurries right now, we are having worship services this morning (1/13/13.) Please use your best judgement about coming to church. I didn’t experience any trouble at all on the roads and the sidewalks and parking lot are clear. Still, be safe! Blessings and we hope that you will be able to join us for worship this morning.
Come join with us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This may be one of the most beautiful services of the year. We will worship through song, scripture, communion and candlelight. Hope to see you there, and if not, have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!
December 21st is the longest night of the year. Join us on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30pm as we participate in our annual “Longest Night / Blue Christmas” Service. This service is a time to mourn and a time to grieve during what is presented to us as a season of celebration. For many, if not all, of us there will be empty chairs around our tables of celebration this season. Those chairs may be empty because of death, because of distance, or because of discord. Whatever the reason, we mourn the brokenness and fragmented nature of our lives, even as we await the birth of Christ.
Please join us for this service of song, contemplation,scripture, communion and silence.