Ash Wednesday March 6

The season of Lent begins next week with our observance of Ash Wednesday. We invite you to join us for worship at either 10:00 am or 7:00 pm, when we will receive the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads and hear again the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

It’s been said that Ash Wednesday is the most honest worship service of the year. It’s a day when we strip everything else away and face the hard, simple truth of our own mortality. We will die, each of us. Life is not within our control, no matter how knowledgeable or skilled we are. We also face the fact that we don’t do life perfectly. Our own lives and the life of the society of which we are a part are often messy and broken. It can be really helpful to let go of all the excuses, defenses, masks, and false appearances of having it all together and just be honest about our frailty. Ash Wednesday offers us the gift of being able to let down our guards.

And as we tell these truths, we open ourselves anew to the truth of God’s eternal, persistent love for each one of us and for all of creation. This is the joy of Ash Wednesday. God’s promises can be trusted; we are not alone.

Throughout the season of Lent, we will gather to grow in community during soup suppers and gather to worship together. On Wednesdays, March 13 through April 10, we'll enjoy a simple free meal from 6-7pm, followed by a short, contemplative sung worship (Holden Evening Prayer) with stories of faith & struggle shared by members of the congregation at 7pm.