Today, we held an Ash Wednesday Service at noon. About 45 people showed up for a time of Scriptures, old hymns, and prayers. We concluded with the imposition of ashes.
Some pastor buddies scratch their heads at this one. "Are you turning Catholic or something?"
Well, Hayward is Catholic and Lutheran country. When in Rome, you do what the Romans do -- and a few good ideas can come from Rome and Wittenburg! No, the Bible doesn't say you're supposed to observe Ash Wednesday -- but it doesn't say anything about Christmas Eve services either.
As far as I can see it, Ash Wednesday has three points to it:
1. It is a reminder of our mortality. From dust we come -- to dust we shall return.
2. It is a call to humility. We must rememer that apart from Christ, we're only dust.
3. It is a challenge to repentance -- since life is short, and we live only by grace -- we shoud mend our ways and follow the Savior wholeheartedly.
We all searched our hearts at the service and made sure everything was right with God.
What Evangelical wouldn't agree with that??