by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Today is what is known as Ash Wednesday. Why the “ash” part of it? Our bodies are anywhere from 50-65% water. When we die, everything dries up and over time, we become a little pile of dust! (Sorry to be so cheery!)
Dust and ashes are often paired together in the Scriptures, sounding very much alike in Hebrew. Ash Wednesday is a reminder of our mortality. The phrase that is used in the imposition of ashes is from Genesis “from dust you came, to dust you return.”
This particular day is a yearly reminder of human mortality and ushers in a season of repentance. We look forward to your whole family joining us tonight for an interactive worship service. There will be opportunity for everyone to make their own Lenten cross on a piece of burlap (sackcloth) with ashes made from the palm branches we waved on Palm Sunday of 2014.
We’ll see you tonight at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Don’t forget to get this year’s Lenten booklet, “A Pilgrim’s Journey.” Rev. Peebles will lead us in a brief meditation as well.