Our Ash Wednesday worship will be on February 26 at 7pm. The service will be about an hour long and feature music, scripture reading, prayer, and a message. All are welcome, don’t forget to invite a friend! Children are welcome in the service.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
What is the significance of Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why are ashes used on Ash Wednesday?
The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service.
— Adapted from the UM Book of Worship