Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Due to the icy conditions on the roads and at the church we are cancelling our worship service tonight.
Why are ashes used to mark the beginning of the Lenten journey? They are a sign of our humanity and remind us of our mortality. They echo the words of Genesis 3:19, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We also remember how our old selves must die in order to be raised to new life with Christ.
I invite all of us to spend some time today reflecting on our lives and what we would like to do differently. Lent is a season of introspection and recommitment to following Jesus. We are called to change our hearts and lives and walk in God’s ways. For the next six and a half weeks, we will follow Jesus to Jerusalem. What kind of journey will we have? How will the Holy Spirit work in our lives? Will we be listening deeply and paying attention so that we notice?
Since we will not be worshipping together tonight, I encourage you to read and reflect on the Ash Wednesday lectionary scriptures:
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Which one grabs your attention? Which one inspires you? Which one challenges you? Which one will get you started on your Lenten Journey?
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:25
Pancake Dinner RESCHEDULED to Sunday March 9, 5:30 p.m.
Due to the inclement weather, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner has been rescheduled for Sunday March 9, 5:30 p.m. Join us for a sweet dinner of pancakes and all the fixings. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board for volunteers to bring pancake mix, sausage and toppings.