Lent is one of those seasons of the church that seems to be both highly anticipated and a little bit anxiety-producing. We look forward to the thoughtful time leading to Easter, while knowing that sacrifices are expected – but what sacrifices? What is good enough to prepare us for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ?
“Ash Wednesday is a kind of baptismal branding. We are marked on our foreheads with the cross of Christ, which is a tree of life to beckon us back to the garden. . . coming back to baptism is hard work, like pruning vines, like plowing the earth, like the discipline of training for a contest. Of course, neither the hard work nor the training do the job. All of us will learn this once again, when Lent is over and we have failed but God has not.” (A Lent Source Book)
Our Ash Wednesday Prayer Vigil will start at 7:00 a.m. and continue to 7:00 p.m. Sign up in the church office on Sunday, February 4 & 11, for specific times during the day – more than one person is welcome at any time. We just want to make sure that someone is in the sanctuary at all times on that day.
The service will start at 7:30 p.m. with readings, music, prayer, and the imposition of ashes.