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Ash Wednesday Service Next Week

Dear Christ Church family,

Please join us for our special Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday, February 17, from 6:30-7:30pm.

We will gather in-person in our Sanctuary following the safety measures we observe on Sunday mornings. (Update: Due to winter weather, this service will be online ONLY.) We would love for you and your entire family to worship with us. Please know we will also have the service available via livestream on our websiteappFacebook, and YouTube. As always, we want to ensure everyone from our church family has the opportunity to worship together as you are able.

Ash Wednesday is a holy day beginning our annual Lenten journey to the Cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter. While Ash Wednesday is often observed with a somber tone of penitence, we are embracing this day and season with a Holy Expectation. We know and trust the Holy Spirit will move among us with life-giving power as we worship together, hear the Word proclaimed, offer our prayers, and receive the ashes upon our foreheads as a reminder of our human frailty before the Lord.

In most years, Lent is seen as a season of fasting and repentance. Together, we remember why Jesus came and why the Cross was necessary. But this year, of all years, let us not forget that on the other side of the Cross comes the Resurrection! This year, in following the call of Isaiah 58:6-12, let us embrace the journey of Lent seeking the fast the Lord chooses. Even as we recognize the losses of this passing year, let us unite in Holy Expectation, ready to receive a new season in the resurrection life God is offering to those who will receive and follow Him!
We eagerly look forward to beginning our Lenten journey together next Wednesday. Let us come expectant for what God has in store for us in our Ash Wednesday service and in this season ahead!

By His grace and in His Peace,

Senior Pastor

Pastor Ben & the Christ Church Staff