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Ash Wednesday observance at Elk Coffee

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

The community is invited to Elk River Coffee Company on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, anytime between 7-9 a.m. for an Ash Wednesday Observance.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes (in the shape of a cross) on a person’s forehead or hand. These ashes come from burned palm branches and are symbolic of a person’s sorrow for sin and of a person’s mortality. The ashes are typically worn by the worshipper until they wear off and testify to the Christian belief that God has overcome the ashes of sin and death through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Many churches in Fayetteville and Lincoln County have Ash Wednesday services, but they are typically evening services. This means that believers receive a sign of the new life that God offers and then go home to wash it off before going to bed. By offering the imposition of ashes at the beginning of the day, participants are then able to go out into the world with a powerful nonverbal witness to their faith.

“Local pastors will be on hand to place ashes in the sign of the cross on anyone who desires it,” said Pastor Tommy Ward. “Drop by at any time between 7-9 a.m. and stay for a little or as long as you like. You can then go about the rest of your day as a witness to what God can do.”

Elk River Coffee Company is located at 117 North Main Avenue in Fayetteville. For more information about this Ash Wednesday service, please call 433-2251.