February 14, 2018
The Lenten Season begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018. We will have a brief service at 6:00 p.m. that day in the Sanctuary that will include the traditional imposition of ashes upon the foreheads of worshippers, followed by an evening meal at 6:30 p.m. (no Reconnect that week).
You may also choose to participate in our “Drive-Thru Ashes” opportunity that morning if that works best in your schedule. The Community Ministries Team is leading in the event, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (ends at 9:00 a.m.) in the parking lot between the MAC and the main building. You don’t have to get out of your vehicle. We will impose the ashes while you stay in the car and you will also receive a free, hot cup of coffee to help you get your morning off to a great start. We are partnering with our friends from the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection for this event.
- Drive-thru imposition of ashes in parking lot 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- Traditional service in Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.
- Meal at 6:30 p.m.
(Don’t forget the ancient tradition of fasting on Ash Wednesday. It’s a spiritual practice that will help encourage prayer throughout the day — when the stomach growls, it’s a reminder to pause for prayer. We will break our community fast after worship with our community meal.)
What is Lent and Ash Wednesday?
Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten,” which means “spring.” The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Ash Wednesday emphasizes our mortality and also helps us confront our sin before God and the community of believers.