For over 2000 years Christians have begun their walk toward Easter with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter (40 days and 6 Sundays) and is patterned upon Jesus being in the wilderness 40 days, fasting and praying before launching his public ministry.
We will observe Ash Wednesday on February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Ash Wednesday is a penitential service. The priest or pastor places the sign of the cross on worshipers foreheads with the words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Traditionally Christians commemorate the Lenten season with prayer, fasting, and study. We are blessed this year to have a renowned Biblical scholar, Dr. Michael Hegeman, lead us in a Lenten study called, “The Meaning of the Death of Jesus.” Information on that study is included in this newsletter.
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. ”Dr. Samuel Johnson once quipped, “The thought that a man will be executed at sunrise concentrates his attention wonderfully.”
Although we know we will not live forever, we live as though we will avoid this certainty. To ponder our mortality aright is to repent of our sins and to live holy and godly lives.
See you in church!