Ash Wednesday - 2022
The Message: Ash Wednesday 2022
Ash Wednesday In Bible times, people who repented of their sins sometimes wore sack cloth (rough, scratchy cloth) and dabbed themselves with ashes or sat in ashes (Isaiah 58:5, Jonah 3:6). Jesus himself taught about this form of showing that you were sorry for your sins in both Matthew 11:21 and Luke 10:13.
In some churches that give out palm leaves on Palm Sunday, the leftover palms are saved and burned the following year as the ashes for Ash Wednesday services.
On Ash Wednesday, the pastor places ashes on our forehead and the pastor recites the words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19).” Christians wear the ashes on their forehead to remember that we are all creatures reliant upon our creator. They call us to repentance. On Ash Wednesday Christians think about what they hope for in the future and what they have done in the past and we reflect on our relationship with God and how we can grow closer to God in the coming year.
Preacher Rev. Dr. Rudy Ramphal, Elizabethtown Baptist