Lent Begins March 1
The season of Lent begins a little late this year with Ash Wednesday being March 1. We hold two service on this day, one at noon and one at 7 pm. Both services will be held downstairs in the Worship Center.
“The beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace. So, with our truths laid bare, we confess our unfaithfulness to God, our lackluster love for our neighbors, our neglect of suffering and injustice in the world. In the same breath, we ask God to wash us, to purge us, and to create in us clean hearts. The smears of sin are washed clean through the love of Christ. And yet, we will leave worship this day still carrying the cross-shaped trace of sin and death upon us. It is a reminder that, even amid our confession, we continue this Lenten season to listen for the perpetual call to return to the Lord our God who is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love (Joel 2:13).”
(Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw, from Sundays and Seasons, Augsburg, 2017)
Your sister in Christ,