Join us this coming Ash Wednesday, March 6 for a brief but meaningful service to begin the observance of the Lenten season. Within the Christian Church, Lent constitutes the six weeks prior to Easter. If the Sundays are subtracted from this time period, it roughly represents 40 days recalling Jesus’ trials in the wilderness.
For the church, Lent is an opportunity to pray and reflect upon the depth of human need and the love of God demonstrated in Jesus’ mission on the Cross. Why did Jesus come among us? What enduring effect has his coming made? How do we now respond to an act that happened nearly 2,000 years ago? These and other questions are worthy of our consideration at Lent.
On Ash Wednesday, we recall that God’s creation began with humanity made in the very image of God and yet these new beings are as frail as if the divine had breathed life into a handful of dirt. Our very lives are like the flowers of spring, here today and yet gone tomorrow, as some verses of Scripture describe it… Yet within these precious lives defined by years can be discerned an eternal melody that speaks not of grief but of joy, wonder and thanksgiving!
The stories of Lent, the Cross and of Easter all begin with, “God so loved the world…”
Join us this Wednesday as we pray and hear Scripture. The Laurel Choir will give us a lovely anthem. For those who choose, the ancient symbol of the cross may be imposed in ashes as a sign on one’s forehead.
Worship begins at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. You’re also invited to join the Laurel Church family for a simply dinner of soup at 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall.