We will observe Ash Wednesday with a Worship service at 8 PM on Wednesday, February 13. The service will include the imposition of ashes.
The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory,
And already the mind begins to be vaguely aware
Of an unpleasant whiff of apprehension at the thought
Of Lent and Good Friday which cannot, after all, now
Be very far off
—W. H. Auden, “For the Time Being”
Rather than an “unpleasant whiff of apprehension” as Auden puts it,
Lent is a time to delve more deeply into the incredible love of God for
us—a love so profound that it involved Jesus’ suffering not just for us,
but with us, whenever we suffer. And it’s not only our sufferings that
Jesus shares, but our joys and triumphs, as well. Lent is a time to
remember Jesus’ presence with us at all times—in joy as well as in trial.