Ash Wednesday is a day for us to be honest about the power of sin and to reclaim Christianity’s unique vocabulary addressing our human condition. Bottom line; even our deepest brokenness is no match for God’s grace. Paradoxically, acknowledging our helplessness lights the path toward God’s mercy.
Throughout the season of Lent God is in the laundry business; washing, cleansing and recreating our lives. Over the next six weeks Jesus walks toward Jerusalem. Let’s go along, too. From anger to alleluias, from weeping to wonder, the full range of human emotions awaits.
The journey begins on Ash Wednesday when we will gather and receive ashes on our foreheads. Ashes are a visible reminder that we are created from nothing. Another way to say that is that all that stands between us and sheer nothingness is God. Maybe that is the most liberating good news of all.
This year Broad Street’s traditional Ash Wednesday worship service is on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. It includes the receiving of ashes and the Lord’s Supper. New this year are opportunities to receive ashes and a blessing in the Courtyard – 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
-Ann Palmerton, Associate Pastor for Care and Discipleship