Easter —Ash Wednesday Worship —Lent begins

Small 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.

The words, "Ash Wednesday" above a hand with the blackened thumb up beside a cross of ashes.

— Worship Service

Receive ashes:

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on February 26, 2020. At Mount Olive, we usually mark this special day with the imposition of ashes and an evening worship service.

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.

The words, "Ash Wednesday Service" below a pan of ashes with a palm branch.

No Supper this week

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

Five Soup Suppers during Lent

There will be five soup suppers before Holy Week begins on, Palm Sunday. The first Lenten Soup Supper in 2020 will be on Wednesday, March 4 and the suppers will continue each week on Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1.

Two Evening Worship Services during Holy Week

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.

Coming up:

Lenten Worship after supper for the next five weeks

The words, "Beauty from Ashes" in a photo of small purple blossom.

During the weeks before Easter we meet in the Fellowship Hall for soup suppers. Then we move to the sanctuary and Pastor leads the worship services at 7:00 PM.

Please join us for this fun and inspirational event.


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The words, "Ash Wednesday" beneath a pastor standing and marking a cross on the forehead of a kneeling man.

FAQ: What is the significance of Ash Wednesday and ashes on the forehead?


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