All Saints, Word of God join for Ash Wednesday service

All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City and the recently formed Word of God Lutheran Church will conduct joint Ash Wednesday services March 9. Services will begin at noon and 7 p.m. in the All Saints multi-purpose room at 225 South Peachtree Parkway. The Rev. Michael Fry of All Saints and the Rev. Larry Lystig of Word of God will both officiate.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent — the 40 weekdays before Easter. As Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness before embarking on his ministry, so Christians have long undertaken a 40-day preparation for the Easter celebration.

Ash Wednesday gains its name from the ashes Christians receive on their foreheads as a sign of penitence. In the Anglican tradition, Ash Wednesday is also set aside as a fast day in which Anglicans are urged to make certain sacrifices and perform extra acts of devotion.

As part of Lent, the All Saints parish has been encouraged to take part in a special program to read the entire New Testament of the Holy Bible at the rate of seven chapters each day.

Call the All Saints office for further information, 770-486-5374.