Ash Wednesday Service
February 14 7:00 - 8:00 pm | First Church Sandwich, UCC
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a time of reflection and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.
This worship service will be a prayerful time with opportunity for participants to receive Ashes.
Ash Wednesday is the day in the church year where we mark the beginning of the season of Lent. During this season, we are all invited to reflect on the things in our lives that may be causing us to be distant from God and distant from others. Beginning around the 11th century, the Ash Wednesday service became a way for Christians to physically mark and remember the beginning of the season.
Historically, during the service, ashes are prepared from the palm fronds used during the Palm Sunday of the prior year as a way to point toward the Gospel message of the upcoming Easter. The ashes are mixed with oil and placed with the sign of the cross on the foreheads of the service participants and the words, “From dust you have come and to dust you will return,” are shared with each person. This can be a startling statement to hear. However, the purpose is not to alarm but to remind us that we have been created by God and that it is God who holds us in life and in death.