"Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent season.
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter
by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
|FUMC Belvidere Site|
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.
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.
The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins."
The image is from First United Methodist Church of Belvidere, Illinois.
Words for the heart,
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 NIV