You are dust, and to dust you shall return. –Genesis 3:19
Please join us in worship on Ash Wednesday as we commemorate the beginning of the season of Lent.
There are three opportunities to worship and receive ashes.
- Holy Communion and Ashes, 7 a.m. at St. Paul’s.
- Service of Ashes and Repentance, 12 noon at St. Paul’s.
- Community Ash Wednesday Worship, 7 p.m. at Westville UMC. Sponsored by the area United Methodist Churches.
All services will include prayer and imposition of ashes as a sign of repentance.
On Ash Wednesday worshipers’ foreheads are often marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. The ashes traditionally come from burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday.
In Old Testament days, ashes were a sign of mourning and repentance. Today, some worshipers wipe off the ashes before leaving church, to symbolize being cleansed from sin by Jesus’ death; others wear the ashes the rest of the day, carrying the cross of Christ into the world.