Ash Wednesday

The use of Ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. This practice is the historic focus of Ash Wednesday observance and gave the day its name. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Passion/Palm Sunday service and burn them ahead of time to produce as he for this service.

Pastor Amy Yarnall will officiate at two services on March 6, 2019.  The first   service will be a noontime (12 p.m.) in the Sanctuary for those who work in the downtown area and those who do not like to venture out at night.  The evening service  will be at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Ash Wednesday is one of the most solemn days of the church year. This liturgy marks the beginning of a penitential discipline climaxing on Maundy Thursday. The mood is penitential and reflective on our baptismal faith and life. Worshipers are asked to keep reverent silence before the service and leave the service in silence. Originally, Lent was the time when candidates for Holy Baptism were intently preparing to be baptized at the Vigil  of Easter.