Immanuel UMC will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a drop in personal time of reflection and the imposition of ashes.
What is Ash Wednesday? (2/14/18)
The first day of Lent. It marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. 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. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in the Roman Catholic churches in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year’s Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes, the priest on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper. This practice has become a part of Ash Wednesday services in many United Methodist churches.
This year Immanuel will observe this holy day through a time of self-reflection and personal prayer. The sanctuary will be open from 5:30pm-7:00pm for you to stop by at your convenience. During that time there will be a devotional for you to read quietly and time for personal reflection and prayers to be made as we enter into the season of Lent. When you feel ready you will come down front and have the cross marked on your forehead with the ashes. Please stop by between 5:30pm-7:00ppm as we begin the Lenten season acknowledging our need for a Savior because of our sinfulness and mortality. Our prayer is that this Lent will be a time of transformation as we all grow closer to Jesus in all that we do. See you Wednesday!