Dear Families of Red Hill Lutheran School,
On Wednesday, February 14th, the sacred season of Lent begins with the day known as, “Ash Wednesday.” The word Lent comes from the Middle English word, “Lente,” meaning “spring time” and is a forty-day period of spiritual reflection and renewal for a follower of Jesus Christ.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on the forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes symbolize our humility before God and the recognition that we are God’s creation—not the creator! Traditionally, the ashes reflect our sorrow for sin and dependence upon God, as we confess our sins and attitudes that keep us alienated from God, as well as from the life that we are meant to live for God while on this earth. Finally, the ashes literally “mark” our foreheads with the cross as a sign that during the season of Lent, we will resolutely set our minds (the forehead is a biblical symbol of the mind/thinking) on Jesus and the life that Jesus wants us to live.
During our 9:15am all-school Chapel service on Ash Wednesday, in addition to our regular worship and music, the students are invited to come forward as a class to the altar and, if they choose, to receive the ashes or to receive a general blessing. As the ashes are administered, the student is told, “Remember that God loves you!” You are welcome to join us for this special Chapel service at 9:15am next Wednesday, Feb. 14.
As you have likely heard me say before, allow me to say again: If you do not have a church home, I invite you to join us on Sundays (8:30 am Classical; 10:00 amContemporary) at Red Hill! This year’s Lenten message series will be, “The 7 Greatest Words of Love: Jesus’ Final Words from the Cross.” These powerful words reveal Jesus’ identity as Savior and Lord, reflecting the passion of Jesus that flows from the heart of Jesus. Every word offers a promise and hope for our lives. I hope you can be with us!
You and your family will be in our prayers. If we can assist you in any way, please call upon us!
May our Lord bless, guide, and deepen your faith this Lenten season.
Pastor Seth Britton
This email is sent to you on behalf of Pastor Seth Britton via Dr. Paul Marquardt, RHLS Principal.