Ash Wednesday Service
newsroomadminFebruary 07, 2013
Join the entire campus community in a special Ash Wednesday worship service this coming Wednesday, February 13, from noon until 12:30 in the Hinkson Hall. Please note this is a change from the original time and place.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season and is laden with biblical imagery, helping prepare our hearts for a season of renewal and a fresh experience of Easter hope. Ash Wednesday traditions have been practiced by an increasing number of evangelical churches in recent years.
The aim of Ash Wednesday is threefold: to meditate on our mortality, sinfulness, and need of a savior; to renew our commitment to daily repentance in the Lenten season and in all of life; and to remember with confidence and gratitude that Christ has conquered death and sin. Ash Wednesday worship, then, is filled with gospel truth. It is a witness to the power and beauty of our union with Christ and to the daily dying and rising with Christ that this entails. (The Worship Sourcebook)
Toward the conclusion of the Ash Wednesday worship service, the community will be invited to come forward for the imposition of ashes. Those who choose to come forward will have three options regarding the receiving of ashes:
- Receive the words without the ashes;
- Receive the ashes in the form of a cross on the back of the hand; or
- Receive the ashes in the traditional manner, as a cross on the forehead.
It is an expression of honesty and humility before God when, as individuals and as a community of faith, we acknowledge our brokenness, our sin, and our continual need for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His Spirit. I hope you will choose to join us for this Ash Wednesday service as we continue to experience the reconciling power of God at work within our campus community.