7:00 pm service in Union Church’s Community Room, with special guest Sarah Culbreth of Tater Knob Pottery, who will lead us in clay work. Ashes from tonight’s service will be mixed with clay, and all will participate in working the clay to make a new communion set for Cowan Chapel. (wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. No WNL supper).
About Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Season of Lent. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers’ heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God, a symbol of mourning and sorrow at the death that sin brings into the world. It not only prefigures the mourning at the death of Jesus, but also places the worshipper in a position to realize the consequences of sin. Ash Wednesday is a somber day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christian.
Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.