Ashes to go
On Sunday, February 14, we will be handing out bags for you to take home to use on Ash Wednesday. The bags will contain a small amount of blessed ashes, communion kits, and illuminations, along with instructions of when and how to tune into our virtual service and how to impose the ashes on yourself or other family members.
To go bags will also be available on Tuesday, February 16 in the sanctuary or brought to your car from 11 am – 1 pm and 5 – 7 pm and on Ash Wednesday from 4 – 6 pm. If you would like ashes brought to your car, please pull up to the sidewalk near the red double doors. Please wear your mask when you enter the sanctuary or when receiving ashes at your car.
Imposition of Ashes
Clergy and lay ministers will be imposing ashes in our parking lot on Ash Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm. You may drive through and receive ashes while in your car.
Safety guidelines will be followed. Please wear your mask.
Ash Wednesday Service Online
A pre-recorded Ash Wednesday service will be available on YouTube beginning at 7 am on Wednesday, February 17. You may watch it at anytime after that.
We invite you to follow along with the worship liturgy and administer ashes to yourself and your family at the appropriate time.
The celebration of the Holy Communion will not be a part of this recording. However, you may use the pre-consecrated communion kits in your “Ashes to Go” bag using the instructions for administration of the Eucharist and proper disposal that are also included.
About Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on foreheads as a sign of penitence and humility, with the spoken reminder “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The use of ashes and rough sackcloth to indicate mourning, deep repentance or humility goes back over 3,000 years and intersects many cultures. The ashes are a grimy, dusty reminder that we are created from humble, earthly substance. As such we are invited to and yearn for a more exalted connection with God, our creator. Ash Wednesday begins Lent, a 40-day time of introspection, moderation, spiritual discipline and preparation before Easter and Jesus’ joyful resurrection.
Lent in a Bag
Beginning on Sunday, February 14 and available to pick up any Sunday in Lent after that, we offer you “Lent in a Bag.” Inside you will find multigenerational items, including liturgies for both children & adults for the five weeks of Lent and for Stations of the Cross.
We hope that you’ll use these items to connect more deeply to the Season of Lent.
Stations of the Cross
Each Friday in Lent at 7 pm, join us on Zoom as we “walk” the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. We will pray and meditate about each event Jesus went through from his condemnation to the tomb.