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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season in the Christian faith. A time in the year where we remember the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. Lent is where we prepare ourselves for Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, through fasting, prayer and giving to the poor. The most iconic portion of the night is the donning of the cross of ashes atop the forehead as a reminder that we are but dust, and to dust we shall return. So together, we stand bound in love and in hope for a season set to unfold before us.
It is our first Lent at the Chinese Community Church downtown, and our first Lent as one church, running one service, unaided. As the donation bin for the homeless overflowed with clothes and blessings, the people of the church gathered in the sanctuary to lay their hearts upon the altar, repenting for days past and the days ahead.
To give back to God what was rightfully His.
As the service continued and night settled over us, the church was swollen with silent prayers and tears. Readings from the pulpit, songs of worship, and a word from the Pastor, clung tight to the air that surrounded every heart.
“What is Jesus calling you to die to, so you might truly experience life?"
Breaths trembled through tears as the sanctuary blossomed in silence.
And together the church said,