New Banner for Our Lenten Journey

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The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee has created a new banner for our Lenten theme. This time, they’ve outdone themselves. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey you are welcome at the Condon United Church of Christ.

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Ash Wednesday

ash-cross“Whoever wants to be first, must be least of all and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35 CEB)

Read Mark 9:30-37.
This week: Reflect on ways you can be a servant to others.

Join us for a twenty minute service at noon on Wed., Feb. 10.

Ash Wednesday Service at Noon

The forty-day season of Lent begins this week. We will mark the start of the season on Ash Wednesday with a twenty minute service of repentance at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Imposition of ashes will also be a part of the service for those who would like them.

Why ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. Sometimes a small card or piece of paper is distributed on which each person writes a sin or hurtful or unjust characteristic. The cards are then brought to the altar to be burned with the palm branches. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

From http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/why-ashes-on-ash-wednesday