February 17 Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Message:  It’s time to See Things Differently

Theme:  Our souls crave freedom from our continued anxiety, blame, guilt, and fear, so we will choose to be part of a Lenten discipleship process to be set free.

Purpose:  To begin our Lenten practices with an affirmation that we want something more for our spiritual lives.

Practice:  Renunciation of our pride and self-centeredness.

Scriptures:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17  Rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord.

                      Isaiah 58:1-12  A fast of humbling oneself and undo the bonds of injustice.

                      Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 When you fast, do not do so for others to see.

Questions: What is it that we want for our minds and our hearts? Are we tired of a constant sense of fear, hostility, guilt, and dread shaping our perceptions? What keeps us from growing to be more confident and full of joy? How might we use these forty days of Lent to experience transformation and hope? How might we use the challenges of this time to be a source of growth rather than continuing to be exhausted by our own emotional issues and fears?

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