Join us for our Ash Wednesday worship on February 14 at 7pm, everyone is welcome!
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.
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.
During our Ash Wednesday worship, participants have the option of having a cross of ashes lightly rubbed onto their forehead. 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 United Methodist Book of Worship