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February 17, 2021 • 7:00 PM
A service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.
All are welcome to begin a Holy Lent together.
Join us for a special Ash Wednesday Live-Streaming Service at 7 p.m.
as we prepare our hearts and minds for the 40 days of Lent.
We hope you will join us as we reflect on the glorious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
It used to be, we associated mask-wearing with Halloween or Mardi Gras celebrations, but in the year of “The Virus,” mask-wearing has come to have life or death significance, as well as a fashion statement or political statement. In our Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus warned of breaking our relationship with God and one another by being a hypocrite. In New Testament Greek, the word, “hypocrites,” was the word for a stage actor. In ancient Greek theater, actors wore large masks to indicate their role in the drama. Jesus cautioned against creating a mask of public piety, with fasting, prayer, and charity, for rewards of affirmation from others. When our hearts and minds are focused on ourselves, rather than serving God and our neighbors, we lose the ultimate reward of God – His power, blessing, and presence. The first step toward true repentance is self-discovery. The question for our Lenten journey is: What are we hiding behind our masks?
“As a newcomer to Westminster (in September of 2014), I’ve found it to be a most welcoming fellowship. I look forward to going to services and events and find the warmth of the congregation to be most helpful to a newcomer to the entire area. I find sermons challenging … music beautiful and well prepared … and a dignity in the worship that is all too lacking in most Protestant congregations. Mix this with an open atmosphere where it is OK to question and still be seen as a good Christian, and I know I’ve found one important ‘home’ in Central Illinois.”