Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a journey.
This journey—one that Christians call Lent—offers a path towards accepting that we are beloved in God's eyes. As we jounrey together we do so through a more intentional exploration and practice of our faith, seeking to deepen our relationship with God as a way of being reminded that we are created in and for love.
Whether you're new to the Christian faith, or thinking about venturing back to church for the first time in a while, you are invited to join us Ash Wednesday and throughout the season of Lent. Together we will journey in loving as God loves us, living as Jesus teaches us, and seeking to do justice as Holy Spirit guides us.
If you are looking to mark Ash Wednesday, but don't have too much time, drive by the church (614 Christina Place at Columbia) for Ashes to Go. You will be met by one of our ministers who will greet you, pray with you, and offer to mark your forehead with ashes as a sign of your intent to embark on this forty day path of reflection and growth.
Entering the season of Lent, we have the opportunity to mark the solemnity of Ash Wednesday, when we are reminded that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. This one-hour service in which we begin our preparations for Easter remind us of both our mortality and our beloved humanity.
This beautiful, ancient, and mysterious service of worship sets us on a journey of self-examination and re-orientation as we walk with Jesus towards Jerusalem, and ultimately, the Cross.
Lent helps us to return to the basics of our faith: the good news of a loving Creator who loves this Creation so much that from the very first words of the creation story in Genesis, God proclaims the cosmos and all that is in it, good. Hearing these words in this way, we are reminded of our dependence on this good earth, and the good Creator who—with great love—made this earth and all that is in it.
And so this year, as we join Jesus on the journey towards Jerusalem, Calvary, and the Cross, we do so in the assurance that we are beloved of God. In God’s eyes, we are enough. All may not be right with the world, and yet, in the midst of this very world, in this very moment, the love of Jesus meets us, calling us forward as skeptics, friends, followers, and disciples. Jesus meets you where you are, inviting you on a costly, transformative, life-changing journey.