Easter —Ash Wednesday Worship —Lent begins

Three people with eyes closed and crosses drawn with ash on their foreheads and the words "Ash Wednesday"

Photo of a wooden cross with the words, "Lent begins."Beginning of the season of Lent 

To God you shall return

The traditional Ash Wednesday words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” might seem depressing. But in our often death-denying culture, some might find it refreshing to hear the frank statement that we can do nothing to save ourselves, physically or spiritually — that, no matter how we try to avoid sin, we can’t untangle ourselves from self-interest. How liberating, then, to know we don’t have to! God loves us as we are and sent Jesus to break sin’s power over us.

From our Baptism to our Funeral

A pastor described Ash Wednesday as the point you can pinch in the middle of a long piece of ribbon, such that when you lift it high, the two ends — one symbolizing our baptism and the other, our funeral — meet and touch. We come from dust and will return to dust, but we also come from God and will return to God. Ash Wednesday reminds us that we’re always safe in God’s love.

Palm leaf with the words "ASH Wednesday"

— Worship Service

Receive ashes:

Pastor Ken will be available at Mt. Olive from 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Ash Wednesday and at the 7:00 PM worship service in the evening.

Ash Wednesday falls on March 6, 2019, and we mark this special day with imposition of ashes and evening worship.

A palm branch burning with ashes being collected and the words Ash Wednesday

No Supper until next week

There is no soup supper before the service on Ash Wednesday.

The first Lenten Soup Supper will be on Wednesday, March 13. In 2019 there will be five soup suppers before Holy Week: Mar. 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10. Holy Week has no soup supper. However, there are special evening, Holy Week worship services at 7:00 PM on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

{We meet in the Fellowship Hall for soup supper each Wednesday beginning the week following Ash Wednesday during the Lenten season at 6:00 PM, worship at 7:00 PM.}

Lenten WorshipChrist carrying His Cross and the words "Wednesdays during Lent"

The worship service is held at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.

Please join us for this fun and inspirational event.


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Three people with eyes closed and crosses drawn with ash on their foreheads and the words "Ash Wednesday"

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