Ash Wednesday Service 1st March, 6pmby February 22, 2017
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent and one of the most holy days in the liturgical calendar. Lent is a period where believers prepare themselves for Holy Week, which marks the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. They do this by imitating Christ who spent forty days fasting in the desert, enduring temptation. Hence, Lent is marked by prayer, repentance of sins and self-denial. It lasts 46 days, which includes 40 days of fasting and 6 Sundays (which are traditionally celebration feast days of the Resurrection).
During Ash Wednesday, as a sign of penance, believers wear ashes on their head, which is an ancient Jewish practice since biblical times (Job 42:6).
Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. It is generally inappropriate to be feasting. The ashes are an outward sign of the inward humbling and contrition of our hearts, and reminds us of our frail humanity. The spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting are a means of personal growth in seeking God, sacrificial living, and developing holiness.
Ultimately, Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent point us toward God and reaffirm our total dependence on Him.
So come join us for our Ash Wednesday evening service as we learn what it means to seek the Lord through spiritual disciplines.