ASH WEDNESDAY 2015: Reflection for Ash Wednesday

Sep 20, 2020


Welcome to Peace Church, where we come together as a community to celebrate and reflect on the significance of Ash Wednesday. Join us on February 18th, 2015, as we embark on a spiritual journey and seek meaning and renewal in our faith. This special occasion marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of repentance, reflection, and preparation for Easter.

The Meaning Behind Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday holds deep significance for many Christians around the world. It signifies the start of the forty-day Lenten period, representing the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. The ashes used during the service symbolize repentance and mortality, reminding us of our own mortality as well as the need for spiritual renewal and transformation.

Observing Ash Wednesday

At Peace Church, we observe Ash Wednesday through a reflective and solemn service, where individuals come forward to receive ashes. The ashes are typically obtained by burning the leftover palm fronds from the previous year's Palm Sunday service. The minister or priest applies the ashes on the forehead of each participant, marking them with the sign of the cross and saying, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Contemplation and Repentance

Ash Wednesday is a time for introspection, self-examination, and repentance. It serves as a reminder to turn away from sin, seek forgiveness, and strive for personal and spiritual growth. As we come together as a community, we acknowledge our imperfections and seek reconciliation with both God and our fellow human beings.

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

During the season of Lent, many Christians choose to engage in acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as a way to deepen their faith and draw closer to God. These acts of devotion enable individuals to reflect on their lives, refocus their priorities, and show compassion and generosity towards others.

Embracing Spiritual Disciplines

Lent provides us with an opportunity to embrace various spiritual disciplines to enhance our journey of faith. Some individuals choose to engage in daily prayer, meditation, reading of Scriptures, or participating in Lenten study groups. These practices serve to nurture our spiritual growth and deepen our connection with God.

Connecting with the Community

At Peace Church, we believe in the power of community and the importance of supporting one another on our spiritual journey. During the season of Lent, we encourage fellowship and community involvement through activities such as small group discussions, volunteer initiatives, and acts of kindness towards others.


As we prepare to observe Ash Wednesday, join us at Peace Church to experience a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. Together, we can embark on a meaningful and transformative Lenten season that strengthens our faith, deepens our relationship with God, and fosters a sense of community. We look forward to welcoming you to our Ash Wednesday service on February 18th, 2015.