Ash Wednesday Gathering
The season of Lent is the 40-day period that culminates with the celebration of Jesus’ victory over death on Easter Sunday.
Lent has traditionally focused on self-reflection, repentance, and a re-awakening of our commitment to follow the way of Jesus. It begins with Ash Wednesday and the marking of an ash cross on our foreheads to remind us both of our earthly mortality and our eternal security.
This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 1st. Good Shepherd will offer a Taizé worship service at 7:00 pm.
Taizé (pronounced tuh-zay) is an ecumenical monastic community begun in Taizé, France in the 1940’s. The Taizé Community is made up of individuals from Catholic and various Protestant backgrounds, coming from more than twenty-five nations. By its very existence, the community is a concrete sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and separated peoples.
Taizé worship is meditative and contemplative. The music is “chant-like” and is repeated many times in order to focus concentration away from the cares of the outside world. Scripture is read to meditate upon and prolonged silences are offered to provide a time of listening to the voice of God. The goal of Taizé is to leave the extraneous noise of the world behind and renew our relationship with our Creator.
Children of all ages may be dropped off in Zirbel Hall at 6:45 pm to participate in our Good Shepherd Kids program. Middle School students will join us for worship. The service and the children’s program will end no later than 8:00 pm.
Make plans to join us, if you can, as we start the journey toward Easter...