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Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

By Bro. Steve Pescosolido
President, Adair County Ministerial Association

It has been an Adair County tradition to hold a community worship service on Ash Wednesday. For years and years, this service was normally held at 12:05 followed by lunch and usually held at the Columbia United Methodist Church. This year, with COVID-19 and with the snow, we won't be able to keep our tradition.

Yet, may we know in our hearts what this day is and remember the words that are spoken when persons are marked with ashes: "From dust you were created and to dust you shall return". These words remind us of our mortality. However, I usually like to add to these words: Remember the cross, the price of your salvation." While we remember our mortality, let us all remember the gift of grace and new life in Christ for eternity. All of this because of the love and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday is also the beginning of the church season of Lent. And while Lent is not named in the Bible, it can be a very helpful 40-day season to give remembrance to the cross.

During Lent, we can:

  • 1. Remember the price paid for our sins.
  • 2. Remember the sacrifice made to rescue us from eternal death
  • 3. Ready our hearts for the most amazing victory ever - Jesus' victory over death in His powerful resurrection
  • 4. Reflect this kind of gracious love, giving love, and suffering love to others as followers of Jesus
  • 5. Face parts of our lives that grieve God and to change them, with His help and grace to be cleaner in heart, cleaner in mind, and cleaner in word
Yes, these thoughts and acts happen all year long, but we seem do better if we know there is a goal, a target, an event. We all buy outfits, clean up and get well dressed before weddings and graduations. Why not do intentional preparing for Easter Sunday? ... especially this one as we truly look to God to resurrect His scattered Church.

While we can't gather to share Ash Wednesday together, let's remember the unity we share in Jesus Christ as His followers. There is really only one church - all of us joined together by our faith in and love for Jesus. And let us offer His grace and forgiveness to those who do not understand the joy of being clean before God. They will be delighted to experience such freedom in their hearts!

God's blessings on this special day,
Bro. Steve Pescosolido,
President of the Adair County Ministerial Association

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