March 6 is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: Our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In earlier centuries people were sprinkled with ashes as a sign of sorrow for their sins and their commitment to seek renewal in Christian life through this season. You can read more about it here.
The season of Lent is 40-days (not counting Sundays) of prayer and preparation in which we, as followers of Jesus, are invited to consider anew the disciplines and practices that we employ in our daily lives to help us in becoming better disciples. My church has put together a book with devotionals for each day of Lent, to help keep this season at the forefront of our minds. Click here for the link to learn more or download a copy here.
To help us find ways to remember the holy in the midst of our routines—something we should strive for every day—here is a great link on the 10 Ideas for a More Meaningful Ash Wednesday… things like worship, serve, give, and pray and some other creative suggestions.
If you don’t have a church home I extend an open invitation from my family to yours to join us at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. We offer three worship services with childcare and you can join me in Sunday School as well.
There’s always room for everyone at the table of Christ. Peace be with you this season.