Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and it emphasizes our sinfulness before God and our mortality. During Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes is a sign of mortality and repentance. Historically, ashes have signified purification and sorrow for sins.
(Taken from "Why ashes on Ash Wednesday? on www.umc.org)
6:30 am - 7:15 am
Rev. Nance will be in the sanctuary to impose ashes on any who wish to stop on the way to work or school.
Noonday Ash Wednesday Service in the sanctuary (Upper Level). There will be special music, prayer, meditation and the imposition of ashes. The service should last approximately 40 minutes.
Ash Wednesday at Celebrate Recovery (Asbury Hall - Lower Level)
Rev. Charles Maynard (District Superintendent of the Maryville District UMC) is the guest speaker.
(A light meal will be served prior to the worship service at 5:30 pm.)