Our Ash Wednesday worship will be on March 6 at 7pm. All are welcome, and don’t forget to invite a friend! Children are welcome in the service, which will be about an hour long.

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.

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