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.
Our service begins at 7pm in the Fiesta Center.
During the Ash Wednesday service, you will have the opportunity to take communion. You will also have the opportunity to have the pastor lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto your forehead. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in both Jewish and Christian worship. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ.
You can learn more about Ash Wednesday at the United Methodist Church web site.