Ash Wednesday is the recognition of the beginning of Lent, a period of forty days
in which Jesus fasted and prayed in the desert before beginning his public ministry.
First Methodist Houston’s Downtown Campus will provide several opportunities for Christians
to receive the imposition of ashes as an outward sign of their faith in Jesus Christ.
The mark of the cross signifies our willingness to sacrifice during this period
in which we contemplate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us.
Please come to the sanctuary anytime, from 7:00 to 9:00am, 12:00 to 12:40pm, or 4:30 to 6:00pm, to receive the ashes.
At 12 noon, there will be Musical Reflections of Christ, special music offerings by soloists from the Sanctuary Choir and Organist. During this noon service, the people of God will have the opportunity to meditate with silent prayer, receive the ashes at the altar when ready, and will be provided scripture to reflect upon throughout Lent.
As you enter the house of God, recall what Christ has done for you. Jesus prepared himself for public ministry during a turbulent time. His forty days of fasting and prayer in the desert prepared Him to make the ultimate sacrifice, death on a cross, in order to save the world from sin and death.
Silent Prayer before coming to the altar.
O Jesus, you place on my forehead the sign of your saving cross: “Turn from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” How can I turn from sin unless I turn to you? You speak, you raise your hand, you touch my mind and call my name, “Turn to the Lord your God again.” These days of your favor leave a blessing as you pass on me and all your people. Turn to us, Lord God, and we shall turn to you.
Please come to the altar when you are ready to receive the ashes as a sign of your faith and love.
For questions, contact Debbie Mathews by email or at 832-668-1824.