Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on February 14th, marks the beginning of the season of Lent. There are two opportunities to take part in an Ash Wednesday service: at our first Lenten Lunch at noon, or at Dinner Church at 6:30 p.m.
As the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship says:
“Since the beginning of the church, Christians have observed the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection with great devotion. It became one of the greatest traditions of the church to prepare for these events through serious examination of our spiritual lives.
“The season of Lent is a time of penitence, discipline, and renewal. In the Ash Wednesday service we are reminded of our mortality, we confess our sins, and we experience forgiveness through Christ’s death and resurrection.
“The ‘imposition of ashes’ is a central part of the service. You are invited to come forward to receive the ashes on your forehead. In Scripture, ashes serve both as a symbol of mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance.
“But neither sin nor death are the final word. We leave the service in confidence and gratitude: Christ has conquered death, and nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”