Junior Bekah Mongold, who shared a poem during Wednesday's service, marks the forehead of senior Perry Blosser in Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University. Both students were among the campus pastoral leaders who imposed ash upon the foreheads and wrists of community members at the conclusion of the service. (Photos by Andrew Strack)

Ash Wednesday services lead EMU community into Lent

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday were marked by services at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University this week.

Martin Chapel hosted a Lectio Divina service focused on “living waters” of reflection and renewal on Tuesday.

Holding a bowl of ashes, Olivia Mbualungu offers the traditional words of blessing to an EMU community member.

An Ash Wednesday service was held during the regular 10 a.m. chapel time.

Undergraduate Campus Pastor Lana Miller joined with students Liz Resto and Olivia Mbualungu to offer a reading about the power of confession. Bekah Mongold shared a poem and Grayson Mast offered a reflection on accountability, brokenness and sin within the theme of confession.

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Earnest Kiah’s soulful singing was the background music to the invitation to be imposed with ashes by pastoral leadership, including staff and students.

A second service at noon was held in the seminary.

Senior Grayson Mast, a pastoral assistant, speaks on the theme of confession.

Spiritual Renewal Week continues this week with Janeen Bertsche Johnson, campus pastor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. She will speak on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Martin Chapel, providing a reflection entitled “Attending to God” based on Isaiah 42.

She will also speak at Friday’s 10 a.m. chapel on “Assurance: God with Us.”

Listen to the podcast of Friday’s service.

Lenten reflections from among the campus community will shared throughout the next several weeks. Visit www.emu.edu/lent. The webpage currently features reflections from the 2017 Healing Justice Fast by Daryl Byler, executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

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