The season of Lent takes place during the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday, excluding Sundays. It’s part of the traditional church calendar, and a rich part of our historic Methodist spiritual practices.
Although you won’t find any specific biblical references to the observance of Lent, there are of course clear scriptural patterns that encourage us to grieve our sins, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and regularly fast & pray. The use of sackcloth and ashes to mourn our sins is patterned for us in 2 Samuel 13:19, Ruth 4:1, and more. We are encouraged to meditate and reflect on what God has done (Psalm 119:27).
We will observe the beginning of the Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday Worship Service on Wednesday, Feb. 13th @ 7:00 p.m.
The evening will consist of an intimate time of worship involving music, responsive reading, an opportunity for reflection, confession and repentance, and receiving communion together.
During the service people are invited to come forward to have their forehead marked with ashes, which signifies a repentant spirit and declares to others that their sins are forgiven because they follow Jesus.