Ash Wednesday (February 14 this year) marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent (not counting the Sundays, for those of you who do the math 😊).
Lent is a time of preparation to receive the gifts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Some Presbyterians may have never heard of Ash Wednesday, or participated in a service. The ashes hold various meaning: a recognition that we are made of dust and return to dust,
an act of repentance, a celebration that God’s Spirit chooses to dwell in us who are made of dust.
Rev Glen Soderholm (our Interim Moderator) will be coordinating an Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary of St Andrew’s, and the Knox congregation is invited to participate.
This is not a conventional service, it is more of a drop in. The sanctuary is darkened with strategic lighting and candles.
We have a playlist of recorded music (much of it choral) that plays throughout.
People are given a bulletin of prompts when they come in, which includes reflective questions. As they leave, they can receive ashes on their forehead.