Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Today is Ash Wednesday. This special day marks the beginning of Lent, a season of forty days, not counting Sundays.  The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin His ministry.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. 

Download the Liturgy for our Ash Wednesday Service.

We invite you to take some soil and place it in a dish, and have it with you when you participate in the service. Like ashes, the dirt is a reminder of our mortality:

By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return
(Genesis 3:19)

During the service, you will be invited to till the soil with your fingers, consider its texture, and contemplate your mortality. We recommend that, following the service, you place the dish of soil somewhere prominent as a reminder that we are in the season of Lent; take a moment each day to immerse your fingers in the soil and till it as a regular practice in preparation for the coming of Easter.