February 17 Marks the Beginning of the Season of Lent.
Lent Incorporates 40 Days for Repentance and Preparation for Easter.
The Ashes used to mark the shape of the cross upon our foreheads come from burned palms that were blessed and lifted during previous Palm Sunday services.
Ash Wednesday Service
Ashes & Liturgical Prayers for At-Home Intinction Will Be Mailed to Anyone Who Requests Them.
To request Ashes be mailed directly to you please send your name and mailing address to us by February 6, 2021.
A shared Ash Wednesday Service Liturgy, including the Rite of Ashes and Holy Communion, from First Christian Church of Decatur and Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta to be available all day on February 17 via Facebook and YouTube.
Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church and Editor-in-Chief of Whosoever, Rev. Paul M. Turner (he/him) grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He was called to Atlanta in 1994 to pastor All Saints MCC. Five years later he founded Gentle Spirit Christian Church. He lives in Decatur with his husband Bill, who he met in 1982 while living and working in Ohio and legally married in 2015.