What’s that small fire in the middle of the snow?
Just a few palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday, that’s all it is.
Why burn those in the middle of the snow covered ground?
So the ground doesn’t catch fire.
No, why burn them at all. They don’t make much heat?
That’s correct, but they do make ashes, and you do need ashes for Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, the branches used in the previous year’s Palm Sunday service are saved and burned to make these ashes.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church invites all to this evening’s Ash Wednesday Service. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. but is preceded by a meal and fellowship time that begins at 6:00 p.m.
After the meal and a quick clean up, the youth and children are asked to be seated in the sanctuary by 6:40 p.m. for a short video.
How many Ash Wednesday services did Jesus attend?
He didn’t. This is a special service that grew as the church invaded the pagan world. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The people of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church has been considering how they can lift the chains of oppression from others with some sort of personal sacrifice during Lent.
You do not need to be a member of the local congregation or the denomination to participate in tonight’s service.
Ash Wednesday Service
13 February 2013
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
(1 block north of the town’s only traffic light)
Burns Flat, Oklahoma 73624
580 562 4706
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