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 some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. 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.
Join in the Ash Wednesday service, which will be offered at 7pm at WSUMC on March 1. If you can’t be there in the evening, Pastor Thomas will offer ashes in personal worship at Misha’s Coffee in the morning from 6am – 11am. Stop in as your day begins to begin the season of Lent with ashes.