12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Nave)
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Nave)
Isaiah 58:1-12 The fast that God chooses
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Now is the day of salvation
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The practice of faith
Psalmody: Psalm 51:1-17 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love (Ps.51:1)
Hymn of the Day: Hymn 600, Out of the Depth I Cry to You, AUS TIEFER NOT
The beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday, we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace.
Lent begins this week with the solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.
A lunch of soup and bread will follow the Noon liturgy. There will be no Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinner.