Albion First United Methodist Church hosted an Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 5th. It was a lovely service that was made extra special by the inclusion of pastors and members of four area churches worshiping together to begin the Lent season. Here are some photos I took during the service:
Pastor Ed Devine, Albion First Baptist Church, and Pastor Jack Laskowski, Albion First United Methodist Church prepare to offer ashes to those who attended the service
Pastor David Beach, Gaines Carlton Community Church, and Pastor Jon Rieley-Goddard, Gaines Congregational Church, also prepare to offer ashes to those who attended the service
The four pastors – Pastor Jon, Pastor Ed, Pastor Jack, and Pastor David – join together for the Benediction
Tom Rivers, Editor of The Orleans Hub, was there and got some amazing photos for The Hub — check out his article by clicking here!
victory over sin and death. Whichever duration and regardless of the different ways of observing and celebrating the Lenten season among the different denominations, the biblical significance is the same and most begin the season by practicing the ritual of marking a cross of ashes on the foreheads of their followers on Ash Wednesday. The purpose of Lent is to prepare Christians for Holy Week, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ. Christians spend the 40 days leading up to the joyous celebration of Easter Sunday in quiet, thoughtful prayer and solemn reflection. This is a very important and spiritual season for Christians.