Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not have the traditional imposition of ashes this Ash Wednesday, but we are planning to observe the day. We plan to have the in-person Ash Wednesday service at 10:30 on February 17, 2021. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a video of that service posted to Vimeo and Facebook by 5 p.m. If you plan to watch the service online, I would encourage you to get a bowl of dirt, one that you can leave sitting out until Easter.
At 6 p.m., our regular communion service (over Zoom) will incorporate the Ash Wednesday liturgy. For that service, you’ll probably want bread, grape juice, and dirt. We can provide all three if you need us to; just let me know. You can find the Zoom link at: abilenefirstumc.org/zoom-meetings/. — John Collins,2/14/21
I recently got an email from KWCH 12 out of Wichita that included the following statement:
“Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen is forecasting that much colder air is set to push south by the end of the week and right through the weekend. Chances for snow are quite promising beginning Friday afternoon and continuing all the way through the weekend. Travel will be difficult at times. If you feel the need to cancel services this weekend, we wanted to send out a reminder to use our automated system for your closings.”
As of right now, I’m still planning on services Saturday and Sunday, but that could change given the forecast of snow and bitter, bitter cold. Please check the blog or text me or call me before heading in to worship.
Happy Epiphany! I’m excited because we actually have a worship service scheduled for Epiphany—the Wednesday evening Zoom Communion Service at 6 p.m. I get to use the Great Thanksgiving for Epiphany on Epiphany! This is a big deal for me as a liturgical nerd. If you want to join us, you can do so with the instructions below.