Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian church.  The season is one of stripping away all of the non-essential and unimportant things and provides for us a time to reflect upon our sinfulness as individuals and human beings and then to focus on God’s act of forgiveness that comes to us through God’s son, Jesus the Christ. On Ash Wednesday, we confess that all of our finery, our clothing, our possessions, our abilities – all that we think makes us who we are – is not who we are.  We are only dust and we stand before God as humans so in need of forgiveness and love.  This year we will join with First Presbyterian, St. John’s United Church of Christ, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and Immanuel Lutheran churches for a joint Ash Wednesday Service.  It’s a powerful night; it’s a powerful worship service- come and see.