Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it always falls on a Wednesday.

Lent is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline.

While the Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday, it does record accounts of people in the Old Testament using dust and ashes as symbols of repentance and/or mourning (2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3). The modern tradition of rubbing a cross on a person’s forehead identifies that person with Jesus Christ.

Come-and-Go Personal Reflection: This year at Custer Road we will offer two ways to observe Ash Wednesday. Stop by our Sanctuary from 11:30am-1pm and receive an imposition of ashes when you take some time for personal prayer and reflection at our Come-and-Go Ash Wednesday Observance.

Ash Wednesday Worship Service: Join us at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary for this simple worship experience. You will be invited to come forward and receive ashes on your forehead if you so choose, and may kneel and pray. It is a meaningful way to mark the beginning of the season of Lent, and to mark one’s self as a follower of Jesus.

Due to construction, we will not have a pancake supper this year on Ash Wednesday.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Feb 14, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
Custer Road UMC Sanctuary

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