Ash Wednesday, February 18th this year, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of preparation for Easter. Easter is our big day – the celebration of Jesus’s victory over death and the completion of God’s promise to never abandon us, ever.
We receive ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our origins in the dust as God’s special created beings. And then a reminder that as humans we are always on the path to the grave as our bodies age and change. We are reminded that our very human nature can separate us from God in our self-centered need to control our lives and make rules that make us comfortable and exclude others that God has also loved. Ash Wednesday gives us a chance to set aside a few weeks of our lives to recognize our failures and remember God’s hunger to love us anyway; a few weeks to allow God’s power to bring life from death to be the power that opens our own hearts to God’s unfailing love for us.
Join us at 7:00 pm, February 18, as we worship at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with our ecumenical brothers and sisters to sing, pray, receive the mark of ashes to begin this holy season.