Ash Wednesday and Lent
On Ash Wednesday February 10, we begin the Lenten season. The color of the Church is purple, fixing our minds on repentance and the crucified King. The tone is subdued, we don’t sing or say alleluias during Lent, saving them for the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord. The season invites us to form better habits, especially Bible study, prayer, service to others, and giving. Some will fast during Lent, but we do so privately and quietly (Matthew 6:16-18). We have additional Wednesday services during Lent at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. We do all of these things in response to the cross and for the glory of God. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our mortality because of the curse of sin, that “we are dust and to dust we shall return” (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20). Following the service, Pastor will offer the rite of the imposition of ashes. They are applied with the sign of the cross to point us to the passion of the Christ and the hope we have in Him.