The first day of Lent. It marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one’s sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in the Roman Catholic churches in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year’s Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes, the priest on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper. This practice has become a part of Ash Wednesday services in many United Methodist churches.
April and Madelyn have been worshiping with us at First United Methodist for years, but today Madeline was baptized and her mom officially placed her membership with us. We are thrilled to have them as part of our family. In … Continue reading
Thanks to the hard work of one of our small groups, the “Fifth Thursday” food distribution has become a big success. On January 30th we were able to help 73 families with a box of food. Part of our success has been … Continue reading