Ash Wednesday Service

a field at twilight with an icon of a cross and text that reads "Ash Wednesday Service, February 26, 7 PM"

Join us in the Sanctuary at 7 PM.
Begin your Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday with a contemplative and worshipful reflection on repentance. This is a traditional service including the imposition of ashes.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition. Acknowledging that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we stand in solidarity as fellow creatures before our Creator, acutely aware of our mortality.  In the face of our transience, we pledge ourselves anew to live unto God’s Word in Jesus Christ, the eternal Word that remains forever.

– PCUSA Presbyterian Mission

Ashes on the forehead is a sign of our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. Lent is not a matter of being good, and wearing ashes is not to show off one’s faith. The ashes are a reminder to us and our communities of our finite creatureliness. The ashes we wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die.

Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 109-110)

Read more about Ash Wednesday’s place in the Christian year including PCUSA Mission resources.

Lenten Season 2020

Beyond this evening service, we’re starting several new studies for the season of Lent leading up to Easter. Consider joining one:

  • Churchwide study groups will look at ‘Becoming a Beloved Community‘ and follow along with a PCUSA devotional. Join a group or follow along on your own. Contact Rebecca Chase for more information.
  • Theology on Tap will start up again Wednesday, March 4 with an all-new study of James H. Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree, a classic work of African-American liberation theology. This will be a great time to join the group. Please contact the church office at fpcc@fpcconcord.org if you would like the church to purchase a book for you at a discounted rate of $10 per book.