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Ash Wednesday

posted Mar 4, 2014, 9:23 AM by Russell D. Hampton

Ash Cross
Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter.  The lectionary readings appointed for the day of Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21) remind us “now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord.”  During Lent, the people of God are called to reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection.  The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty, but the ashes also invite us to make each day a new beginning as we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.

 

There will be two opportunities to worship on Ash Wednesday.  There will be a spoken liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes at noon.  A traditional liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7 p.m.  Both services will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 5th.

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