Got Ashes? 2012

Join us for a special service at 6:30pm on February 22nd.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:  we confront our own mortality and confess our brokenness before God within the community of faith in the light of God’s redeeming love.  Our community of faith desires to reach out to the community that surrounds us today.
We have been filled and healed by God’s love and want to share that transformational experience with you.  Each one of us has struggled with the pain and loss associated with human existence, but have found that with God we can live lives of hope.  We have experienced that just as the sun eventually pulls Milwaukee out of the somber darkness of winter, God pulls us out of our mental and emotional somberness and into the light of love.  That is the character of God!
The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation.  If you are not comfortable having ashes placed on your forehead, that is okay too.  The physical symbol is not necessary for God.  We invite you to consider using a card or small piece of paper when you return home to write down a particular behavior you want to end.  You may then burn it yourself.  Consider this an act of breaking from the past and starting out with a future that is clean.  Those things which you wrote down are now no longer a part of you.  You may just take some time to pray or meditate, focusing on confession, pardon, offering yourself to God, thanksgiving for what you have or whatever you feel comfortable with.  God is ready for you!