Ash Wednesday is on February 26, and marks the beginning of our Lenten journey, which culminates on Easter Sunday.
On that night at worship at 7:00 PM, we will mark our foreheads with an ash cross and, as that cross is marked, we will be reminded of our sins. As we are marked by Jesus’ sacrifice; we are drawn to the realization that “[we] are dust, and to dust [we] shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
On Ash Wednesday and throughout the season of Lent, we also focus on our sins, on repentance, and on our broken world; seeing how we and all of creation has fallen far short of God’s intention and glory.
THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES
Everything we experience in life is
finite and temporal, including our own lives. As the Scripture reports, we came
from the dust of the ground and we will return to the dust of the ground. (Genesis 3:19 & Ecclesiastes 3:20)
For many centuries the use of ashes
has symbolized repentance. Imposing ashes in the form of a cross on the
forehead of the worshipper on Ash Wednesday is a vivid reminder that such a
person has been redeemed by Christ the Crucified. It is a symbol, not primarily
of our sins, but upon the forgiveness of them through faith in Jesus.
NOTE: Ash Wednesday is a somber time as we remember that Jesus willingly suffering and death come as a result of our sins and His love. As such, at the conclusion of worship that day, we will exit the church in silence.
May your observance of Ash Wednesday nurture your faith and inspire your daily witness to Christ.
Starting this Lent, LifeBridge will engage in “OPERATION
FREEDOM: Be The Light!” The first endeavor of this LifeBridge ministry will
take place this Lenten season as we conduct a community service project to fill
“GoBags” to aid the victims of human trafficking in Houston.
What is a “GoBag”
Rescue America works with victims of sex trafficking, providing emergency rescue services and helps to reintegrate victims back into society. These bags will go to these victims to help in this process. LifeBridge will work with The Freedom Church Alliance (who supplies the bags and many more resources for the Church to fight the scourge of sex trafficking) to collect the needed supplies and help many victims.
Our goal is 75 bags and will run from Sunday, March 1, until Easter, Sunday, April 12.
See below for a card with the contents needed for each bag. PLEASE NOTE THE BAG COLORS/SIZES and PUT IN ALL AND ONLY THOSE ITEMS LISTED. No changes or substitutions, please.
Along with the bags, our sermon series for Lent will also touch on some of the many facets of human trafficking and what our Call, as followers of Jesus, means in the context of this needed fight!
Thank you for being a part of the solution to fight human trafficking!