Ash Wednesday 2016

By February 9, 2016Lent


Wednesday, February 10

Ash Wednesday Services

Noon & 7:00 pm | Sanctuary
Rev. Linda McDermott

The season of Lent begins with this moving and sacred service. In so many ways, the entire season of Lent leading us through Holy Week and into Easter builds upon this service. Come at noon or in the evening to take the first steps into a deeper understanding and experience of the facets of salvation in our life of faith. This year, we will experience the juxtaposition of the imposition of ashes symbolizing our mortality and the water of baptism as the gracious and renewing love of God. Take this first step into a most meaningful Easter experience.

At noon we will have special music by Mark Burrows, baritone, and then at the 7:00 pm Sanctuary service we will immerse ourselves in the reflective “Set Me As a Seal,” composed by Rene Clausen and performed by the dynamic and inspiring FUMCFW Choral Union.

Children’s Ash Wednesday Dinner & Service

5:30 pm | Dinner | Wesley Hall
6:15 pm | Worship | Chapel
Mister Mark Burrows
“Why Do We Get Ashes On Our Heads?”

Children will gather in the Chapel to sing songs, participate in many different forms of prayer, and receive the imposition of ashes as they learn about Ash Wednesday and its significance in this special kid-friendly service. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Ash Wednesday Prayer Stations

7:30 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am – noon, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, & 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming Easter. It is a time set aside in the Christian year for self-examination and reflection. We take this time to focus on our relationship with God.

In the spirit of Lent, we begin the season with Ash Wednesday. Services provide an opportunity to center ourselves for the season to come. In addition to these worship services, we invite you to an experience of guided prayer and meditation through stations in the Sanctuary. These six stations guide you to meaningful connection both with yourself and with God. They are designed for as much or as little time as your schedule allows. We hope you will set aside a few moments to engage your faith in a new way and prepare yourself for this profound season in the church.

Click here for details about all of our Lent 2016 programs and events!

Lent16_Acts of Grace_HSRandom Acts of Grace begins tomorrow!

This season of Lent, we invite you to participate in a project we’re calling “Random Acts of Grace,” sponsored by FUMCFW Compassion & Justice Ministries. Here’s how it works: Each day of Lent (February 10 – March 26), we will post a Random Act of Grace on Facebook and Twitter. (Be sure to “like” our page and “follow” us on Twitter so you’ll get these posts daily!) Our challenge to you (and please share with your friends!) is to look around and see if you can find an example of someone doing a Random Act of Grace, anywhere in the world. You may want to do some of these acts yourself, or you may be content to merely notice them in the world around us. Once you have located an example, either take a picture or a short video with your phone, find an image that portrays it online, or simply describe it in your own words. All examples count! Post your examples to our Facebook or Twitter, or email them to us at


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