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.