Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty day faith journey that ends in the joy of Easter morning. Traditionally, this is a time of inward reflection, repentance, forgiveness, and spiritual preparation for the Passion of the Christ and the Resurrection message that heals and frees. It is a time to give thoughtful consideration to what it really means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
This special early morning worship service will feature music, a message, a time for reflection, and the imposition of ashes. If you do not wish to have the sign of the cross marked in ash on your forehead, simply extend the back of your hand and the cross will be marked there.
The ashes used in this service are made from burned and crushed palm leaves mixed with olive oil. In keeping with an ancient Christian tradition, the ashes are used to mark our foreheads or the back of one of our hands with a cross. The ashen cross is an outward and visible reminder that we belong to Christ.