Lent began in the early church as a forty-day fast, inspired by Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. It is a time for self-emptying to let the Spirit have room to transform our heart.
Lent is not about punishing our self, it is about freeing our self to be all that God created it to be, full of love and life and light. We need to let the lesser lights of the self fall into shadow and let the selfish voices fall silent if we want to facilitate our inner transformation.
We are offering a simple and powerful ritual to enter that wilderness journey. We invite you to drop in anytime between 5:45 and 6:45 PM on February 26th, Ash Wednesday evening.
We will sit in the shadows of candles and dim lights, reading or praying or reflecting in silence. If you feel so moved, the pastor will put ashes on your forehead or the back of your hand, saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” reminding us to let go of what is transient and hold onto what is eternal.
Come to the service when you can get there and leave when you feel ready. You will know when you leave that you have crossed into the Lenten wilderness with Christ and begun a new stage in your journey of transformation.