Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 14, marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  At FUMC Allen, we offer two worship opportunities to observe Ash Wednesday: the first at 7:00am in the Upper Room Chapel and the second at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.

The Imposition of Ashes

Both of our Ash Wednesday services include the imposition of ashes, which is both a tangible and liturgical sign that you, along with the Church, have begun the sacred season of Lent and the journey to the cross. This sign also represents an act of repentance from sin and the knowledge that we will not live forever on earth.

 “Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. From the earth you came and to the earth you shall return.” Book of Common Prayer

“…The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 ESV

These are the words uttered as ashes are placed on your forehead. Both as a reminder of our need for forgiveness and that we will one day die.  It helps to get our priorities in order.


Ash Wednesday Worship

Rev. Todd Harris

Giving It Up For God: More Than Chocolate
Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18

Rev. Todd Harris, preaching
7:00pm Sanctuary


Taizé worship is a style of contemplative worship that comes to us from city of Taizé in France.  Is it a service of prayer led by clergy that lends itself beautifully to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  We see Lent at a time of self-reflection and contemplation on God and the sacrifice of His Son for the sake of humanity.  The music is designed to emanate from the back of the sanctuary so as to not draw attention to the performers.  There is some of the music that is lively but generally, it is found to be more reflective in nature.  Sometimes as instruments are added, the music can become loud but, as the Holy Spirit would lead the musicians, it might then become quiet again.  As you consider joining in the song, which has a lot of repetition, you can listen a time or two and then join in or you may simply be in prayer and allow the music to enhance that conversation with God.  Participants are asked to enter the sanctuary quietly so as to allow all who would be in prayer before the service to do so without distraction.