Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession.
Confession. Not something we don’t naturally move towards. Confession, admitting that we have done something wrong, or have fallen short or have failed, makes most of us uncomfortable.
Confession. According the author of 1 John, if we say we are without a need to confess we are lying to ourselves and we are walking in the darkness. When we confess, we are assured that God will cleanse us from our self-deception and we walk in the light of God.
Confession. The ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance, confession, sorrow and sacrifice.
We are all invited to gather on Ash Wednesday to begin the season of Lent with confession and prayer.
you despise nothing you have made
and you forgive the sins of all who trust in you.
Create in us new and contrite hears,
that truly repenting of our sins,
and acknowledging our brokenness,
we may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
full pardon and forgiveness;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen
( Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, 2018)