Most area churches offered traditional Ash Wednesday services today in preparation for the 40 days of Lent. Members of the clergy formed a cross on each congregant’s forehead using ashes from the burned leaves of palms from last year’s Palm Sunday.
Central United Methodist Church in Milbank, however, gave members of their congregation a drive-through option. Pastor Melanie Reiners and Kristy Liebe greeted anyone wishing to receive ashes in their vehicle at the entrance to the church from 4-5 p.m. Communion was also served using the individually packaged elements of the Eucharist accompanied by a handout on Holy Communion.
Pastor Reiners also began a six-week Lenten study group using the text Seven Words by Susan Robb. The first session was held in conjunction with the Ash Wednesday service and sessions continue each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in Central Church’s sanctuary until March 24.
According to Pastor Reiners, no registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend to contemplate the last seven words spoken by Jesus as he hung on the Cross.
A Lenten supper was held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Ash Wednesday service and a similar supper will be held each Wednesday preceding the Lenten study group meeting.
2021 Easter Dates:
Ash Wednesday-February 17- The beginning of Lent
Palm Sunday-March 28- Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem
Holy Week- March 28 through April 3-The week leading up to Easter
Maundy Thursday-April 1-Commemoration the foot washing and Last Supper
Good Friday- April 2- Commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus
Easter Sunday- April 4- Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus