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Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday and Lent

by Jim Wishmyer on February 05, 2021

Ash Wednesday

Our season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, will be different this year. For instance, we are advised not to observe the imposition of ashes for instance. We will mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with a virtual worship experience streamed to your home on Ash Wednesday at 7:00 pm, with music, liturgy, scripture, and message.

In addition, for our Ash Wednesday worship we will have worship packets available for pick up at the church office. If you aren’t able to pick them up, please let us know and we can mail them to you. These packets will include a small amount of ashes from our past-years palm crosses, instructions for the imposition of ashes, and an order of worship.

Wednesday Worship During Lent

Wednesdays, 7 pm, February 17 through March 24, (Virtual)
Palm Sunday, 10 am (Livestream) & 11:30 am (In-person)

As persons made in the image of God, each of us is created precious and holy, loved and valued by God. We have been through – and are still going through - an uncertain and anxious time since our last season of Lent.  Like glass vessels, fractured into pieces, our sense of wholeness and normalcy has been shattered. We yearn for healing; we long for recovery. In this Lenten Season, we turn toward God’s healing grace for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health to be restored.

Join us and the team from Worship Design Studio, as each Wednesday evening we explore the healing narratives of Jesus in Matthew 8 and 9. Be reminded that we can begin a journey toward being made whole; while also growing to be more holy. God is making something beautiful and worthwhile in our lives, from that which appears broken, discarded, of little worth. Each week, a different dimension of healing grace.

The image of beach glass, or sea glass, offers us a multifaceted symbol of what Jesus did then – and what God longs to do now.

2/17: Ash Wednesday – “Come. Shattered or Whole” – Matthew 11:28-30

2/24: Lent 1 “Treasured” – Matthew 8:1-4, 8-16

3/3: Lent 2 “Safe Keeping” – Matthew 8:5-13

3/10: Lent 3 “Stories” – Matthew 9:27-33

3/17: Lent 4 “Pictures” – Matthew 9:18-26

3/24: Lent 5 “Restoration” – Matthew 8:18-27

… from Wednesday to Sunday:

3/28: Palm Sunday “Holy, Wholly, Whole” – Matthew 9:1-8

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