The Ash Wednesday service is sponsored jointly by St. Luke’s, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ander, and Zion Lutheran Church in Arneckeville.
Members of the community are invited to attend the service, which will begin at 7 p.m. St. Luke’s is located at 11547 FM 622 in Schroeder.
According to an article entitled “Why and how do we use ashes on Ash Wednesday?” at www.elca.org, Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter and the first day of Lent. The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a practice which many Christian congregations have found to be a very meaningful part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy.
Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence, according to the article.
The three congregations will also sponsor five Wednesday evening Lenten suppers and services on Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6, March 13, and March 20 and Holy Week services on March 28 and March 29.
The offerings received at the joint Lenten services will be designated for the offering received at the 2013 assembly of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA. The offering from congregations at the synod assembly, which will be held May 4-5 in Kerrville, will support Cross Trails Ministry.
Cross Trails Ministry is a year-round camp and retreat ministry owned by the congregations of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA. Two sites are at the heart of this ministry: Lutheran Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper. Off-site events and opportunities are also offered through the year.
For more information about the Feb. 13 service, call 645-2038.