Join us on Ash Wednesday, February 26:
- 12 pm in the church: Book of Common Prayer‘s Ash Wednesday service and Holy Communion
- 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the parking lot: Drive-Thru Ashes
- 7 pm in the church: Book of Common Prayer‘s Ash Wednesday service, Holy Communion, and music.
Drive-Thru Ashes offers busy people a way to receive ashes and a blessing in the comfort of their cars in our church parking lot at 223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, Texas. All are welcome to drive through and participate, especially those who don’t regularly worship at St. Martin’s. A sign of our busy lives, Ashes To Go is a recent exercise in some liturgical protestant churches (Episcopal, Methodist, and Lutheran) to take the imposition of ashes on foreheads of individuals to public spaces, outside the confines of regular worship spaces. St. Martin’s has offered Drive-Thru Ashes as an evangelical complement to its Ash Wednesday worship services for six years.
Our youth invite you for prayers and ashes from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
St. Martin’s Episcopal Youth Community (EYC), an energetic and friendly group of young people will greet you and simply ask, “can I pray for you?” or “would you like ashes?” They are eager to offer this opportunity for you to connect to God.
This video reflection shows more about drive-thru ashes at St. Martin’s.
About Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on foreheads as a sign of penitence and humility, with the spoken reminder “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The use of ashes and rough sackcloth to indicate mourning, deep repentance or humility goes back over 3,000 years and intersects many cultures. The ashes are a grimy, dusty reminder that we are created from humble, earthly substance. As such we are invited to and yearn for a more exalted connection with God, our creator. Ash Wednesday begins Lent, a 40-day time of introspection, moderation, spiritual discipline and preparation before Easter and Jesus’ joyful resurrection.