Ash Wednesday

7 p.m. in the Great Hall

On Wednesday, March 1, Westminster will hold an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. This service, which is welcoming to all ages, will be led by the Rev. Laurie Newman. She describes the worship in terms of love: “Our focus will be to remember that God’s love holds us from birth through death. We do this with the marking of a cross of ashes on the forehead. Although it’s a solemn service, it’s a gift to think about how precious life is and to remember God’s love.” In addition to the imposition of ashes, the service will be participatory and include singing, music, scripture, and reflection.

“People will have a chance to reflect and share their thoughts with each other about cares and commitments they may make when thinking about the upcoming forty days of Lent,” said Laurie. “The value of doing this together on Ash Wednesday is that we do it as a community, and we can support each other.”

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the days when we remember Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection on Easter. Although many people traditionally choose to give up something during Lent, Westminster invites people to use the time to focus on their spiritual life. This may mean not necessarily forgoing something but instead adding a spiritual discipline. Laurie added, “It’s a time to focus ourselves spiritually and to help each other.”

As Lent draws to a close in April, Westminster will offer multiple worship opportunities. On Sunday, April 9, we will recognize Palm Sunday in our 10:30 a.m. service; on Thursday, April 13, we will have a Maundy Thursday meal and service for all ages at 6:15 p.m.; on Friday, April 14, we will offer a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, April 16, we will hold Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. We hope you will join us.

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