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CLICK FOR MORE ON ASH WEDNESDAY AND WHY PASTOR RUBS DIRT ON OUR FOREHEADS

Posted on Tue, Feb 4, 2020

February 26th is our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 PM

 

Please join us on Wednesday, February 26th for our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 PM


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During our Ash Wednesday service, Pastor Dave will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. Sometimes a small card or piece of paper is distributed on which each person writes a sin or hurtful or unjust characteristic. The cards are then brought to the altar to be burned with the palm branches. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

—Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship

 

Emanuel United Methodist Church
40 South Main Street, Loganville, PA 17342
Telephone (717) 428‐0117
www.emanuelumc.org


ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
7:00 p.m. February 26, 2020
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CALL TO WORSHIP
L: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
P: God’s mercy endures forever. AMEN


OPENING PRAYER: Hymnal #353


OPENING HYMN: #269 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days


OFFERTORY


SCRIPTURE LESSON: Joel 2:1‐2, 12‐17 [page 803 OT]


HYMN: #271 The Lord’s Prayer


MESSAGE: Grace, Love and Forgiveness


SERVICE OF ASHES
Invitation
Imposition of Ashes
Confession and Pardon: Liturgist reads Psalm 51:1‐17 (UMH 785)
Pardon


HYMN: #354 I Surrender All


GOING FORTH: (Benediction)

 

 

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