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Ash Wednesday

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: -

Ash Wednesday Service:  February 26th, 7 PM.  Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.

Why ashes?

In "A Service for Worship for Ash Wednesday" in the United Methodist Book of Worship, two suggestions of what worship leaders may say as they make the sign of the cross on another's forehead are offered: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," and "Repent, and believe the gospel." Each points to an aspect of what the ashes represent.

Remember that you are dust…

Ashes were an ancient symbol of our humanity. In Genesis, we read that God formed human beings out of the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). The Hebrew word translated dust, is occasionally translated ashes elsewhere.

When Abraham felt the need to acknowledge the difference between him, a human being, and the infinite God, he referred to himself as dust and ashes. "Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord," he said, "I who am but dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:27).

…and to dust you shall return

Our humanity also calls to mind our mortality.


Ashes also signify our sorrow for the mistakes we have made. People in ancient times wore sackcloth and ashes as a way of expressing their repentance of their sins.

…and believe the gospel

While this may sound fatalistic, it is not the end of the story. Lent leads to Easter, the day we celebrate that though our bodies are temporary and our lives are flawed, a day of resurrection will come when we will live in the presence of God forever.

(adapted from

Lenten Season
  • Ash Wednesday, February 26th
  • First Sunday in Lent, March 1st
  • Second Sunday in Lent, March 8th
  • Third Sunday in Lent, March 15th
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 22nd
  • Sixth Sunday in Lent, March 29th
  • Palm Sunday, April 5th
  • Maundy Thursday, April 9th
  • Good Friday, April 10th
  • Easter Sunday, April 12th

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