Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season on February 26. We receive the mark of ashes in the sign of the cross on our foreheads and hear the words, “From dust you came and to dust you shall return”.
I will begin the day at the Train Station sharing Ashes to Go with the commuters. All who want receive this blessing of ashes on their foreheads as they head to their daily jobs. At 9:30 AM there is Ash Wednesday Worship and breakfast at the church, and again that evening at 7:00 PM we gather for Worship.
Why do we use ashes? They remind us of our frail humanity, our need of repentance for sin and the increasing need for humility in not only our lives but in our society as a whole. Wouldn’t you agree that we need more of Jesus and less of ourselves these days?
Sisters and brothers! God calls us to a life of repentance and forgiveness. David shared an important prayer in Psalm 51, and I close with it.
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.”