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Ash Wednesday Potluck and Worship
February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for the kick-off of the Lenten season. Barbeque is on the menu, and members should bring a side or dessert. The signup sheet is on the Narthex Kiosk. The Ash Wednesday Service follows at 7:00 pm.
The service marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter and the first day of Lent.
The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a practice that many Lutheran congregations have found to be a very meaningful part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy. Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (e.g., Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence.
The theme for Lent 2020 is the Book of Job–Blessed be the Name of the Lord. The sermon series is based on the Book of Job. This book in the Old Testament is about a faithful and blameless man named Job who falls into a life of incredible hardship. The book speaks to the challenge of human suffering and God’s involvement in the pain of the world. Efforts to find the cause of suffering often lead one (as Job and his counselors) to put the blame somewhere–on self, others, God, or Satan. The book of Job asks us to look beyond blame, accept ambiguity and uncertainty, and trust God for what we cannot see or control.
We invite the congregation to purchase the book The Book of Job–When Bad Things Happen to a Good Person by Rabbi Harold Kushner as a companion to read during Lent. It’s available on line and in stores.