Have you ever had a day where you just feel like dirt? Maybe you have been trampled on. Or feel blown around like dust in the wind from the whims of our culture. We know how you feel. After close to a year of being in a pandemic, life feels complicated and lonesome at the same time.
Ashes are an ancient symbol of our humanity. In Genesis 2:7, we read that God formed human beings out of the dust (ashes) of the earth. Our humanity also calls to mind our mortality. In Genesis 3:19, we are reminded that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We know the day is coming for each of us when we will return to dust.
This Drive-thru service reminds us that even though we return to dirt,
we can have new life and rise out of the ashes through Christ.
We ask that when you come through to receive your ashes, you wear a mask. We will be wearing our mask because we care for you.
What is Ash Wednesday?
It is the first day of Lent. Lent marks a time of reflection and preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. During Lent we try to focus on fasting from the things that separates us most from love … loving God, loving others, and even loving ourselves.
It is part of the Good News
While this may sound fatalistic, it is not the end of the story. Lent leads to Easter, the day we celebrate that though our bodies are temporary and our lives are flawed, a day of resurrection will come when we will live in the presence of God forever.
One Wednesday every year we go to church remembering who we are, and hopeful of who we can be.