Delivered By
Senior Pastor Mike Carr
Delivered On
February 14, 2018
Central Passage
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Subject
Beware & Prepare
Description

Understanding Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:  we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith.  The form and content of the service focus on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God's love in Jesus Christ.

The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a  powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation.

It is traditional to serve the palm branches from the last  year's Palm Sunday service and burn them ahead of time to produce the ashes for this service.