Why Would Snow Hill Observe Ash Wednesday and Lent?

Even though we have observed the Christian Season of Lent for more than ten years at Snow Hill, it often is asked, “Why?” We do not find the six weeks leading up to Easter an occasion to get God’s attention and somehow plant ourselves squarely in His favor by our fasting from an item of food, or a regular habit or practice. We sense that for far too long we make too little of the Resurrection. We also find it hard to approximate the anticipation and absence felt before the coming of Jesus and during Black Saturday of Holy Week.

Take the time today to read this article on the subject of Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent. Here is an important paragraph,

Ash Wednesday is a day for the hopeless and suffering, who are affirmed in their hopelessness and suffering rather than commanded to take up the task of self-improvement. When we give up hope, hope in our own abilities and efforts and doing, then the reality of God’s grace truly can become manifest. It is the occasion for an affirmation of who we are, not, ultimately, a plea to transcend our mortal condition. We can live in our bodies, in this world, seeing ourselves more compassionately and thereby are moved to perform works of love, without conditions or demands, for our fellow-sufferers. The first day of Lent is an occasion not for a form of world-denial, but loving acceptance of flawed reality, of imperfection. It is a rebuke to all separatism, escapism, and self-hatred. And of course, as it points us to the Christ-event, Lent ends, as it beings, with an affirmation of our creaturely existence: as Christ rose from the dead, so will our bodies, to live in a New Jerusalem – not an ethereal “heaven.”

We hope to see you this evening at 7:15 p.m.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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