Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent—the most sacred of seasons in the life of the Church of Jesus Christ. It is a season of fasting and introspection for followers of Jesus. But it is NOT an attempt to make ourselves miserable or to earn God’s grace. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8 that “…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”
Lent is not a fast to earn God’s favor; it is a season to remember that our salvation is not cheap. It is a reminder that the curse of sin that engulfs us all has been reversed, but it has been reversed at great cost through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is a witness to the world that “…there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
We will gather this evening for a service of prayer, praise, proclamation, and remembrance. We will once again hear a call to receive the deep transforming grace of God manifested so clearly on the Cross. We will provide opportunity to humble ourselves before the Lord with the imposition of ashes as a reminder of our need for forgiveness and our desire to obey. Join us for this tender time of reflection.
With deep affection,