Ash Wednesday Service
- Join us on February 26 at 7:00 PM.
- Children and teens are encouraged to attend the service with their parents; childcare will not be provided and Wednesday kids groups will not meet.
- Alternately, teens may attend the middle-school or high-school youth group meeting.
During many Ash Wednesday services—including ours—pastors or lay people use ashes to apply a cross to the foreheads of worshipers. The ashes remind us of our mortality and our struggle with sin, and the cross reminds us of the hope of redemption that is found only in Christ. At Cherrydale, we use ashes from the burned palm leaves from last year’s Palm Sunday (the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem).
The Lenten Season
There’s no fixed way to observe this season. Comparisons can be drawn between Lenten practices and Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness: Some Christians use fasting, repentance, moderation, and self-denial as particular emphases during Lent. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). The observance of Lent encourages us to think more deeply about the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross.