Again this year we will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a special worship service including imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days (not counting Sundays) that leads up to Easter.
Lent is typically a solemn time, meant for reflection, and often includes increased time of prayer, Christian service, and, for many people, involves fasting. It’s important to remember that fasting is more than a spiritual diet. Although we typically think food when we think of fasting, it can involve giving up anything which for you personally requires a sacrifice.
And fasting is more than just sacrificing something. If you fast one meal a day or week, the time spent on that meal might be devoted to prayer, or to service. The money not spent on the food might be donated to a christian charity or to your church. If you fast from your favorite TV show, the hour might be spent volunteering at the local Rescue Mission, or with another charitable organization.
The Imposition of Ashes has a long history in the Church, and in part is meant to remind us that we’re all in this sin business together. When the Ashes are imposed, they come with an invitation to “repent, and hear the Good News!
Please join us Wednesday, Feb 10 at 12:00 noon.