I believe there is some misunderstanding about Ash Wednesday. So, I thought I might give an explanation about what our Ash Wednesday Service will be about. Question????
Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith. The themes are sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ
The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. This practice is the historic focus of Ash Wednesday observance and gave the day its name. It is traditional to save the palm beaches from the previous Passion/Palm Sunday service and burn the ahead of time to produce the ashes for this service.