From Dust to Hope: Savoring Christ Together as Lent Begins
While we cannot hold a traditional Ash Wednesday service due to COVID-19, we can continue the spirit of the service as a way to prepare our hearts for Lent and Easter.
WHAT: “From Dust to Hope: Savoring Christ Together as Lent Begins” – a time of reflection, teaching, and worship.
WHERE: Worship Center (with a livestream option)
WHEN: February 17th from 7:00-8:00 pm
During many Ash Wednesday services—including ours in the past—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.
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.