Ashes to Go for Ash Wednesday

Convenience is key and that is just what this modern twist on Ash Wednesday is all about. Clergymen and women braved the cold this morning to host the sixth annual ‘Ashes to Go.’

Two wheels or four, all were welcome as three clergymen and women reached beyond the pulpit to minister to the community at the sixth annual ‘Ashes to Go.’ Pastor Dave said, “There are a lot of people who come by here and received ashes on their way to work. This is a service that we can do that just lasts a few seconds, but people have a time of taking just a moment to reflect and to receive a prayer and ashes and then they can start their work day.”

This reflection and long-standing tradition on the Long Beach shoreline this Ash Wednesday at the John Simpson Pier, as dozens of the faithful rolled through in their vehicles, stopping long enough for the clergy to make the sign of the cross on their foreheads. “Ashes have always been a way of expressing sorrow and grief, but for the Christian, it’s a way of remembering our morality and recognizing that we need to reflect and be reconciled to God.”

What started out as a serving table for the ashes has transformed into a snack table as people passing through the drive through dropped off coffee, donuts, and biscuits. “It’s cold and they are doing a service for us so I just wanted to pass along the good works.”

Reverend Beth Matthews said, “People drive through and think we are blessing them, but on these days they are such a blessing to us. It puts a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts. It’s what love is all about and we appreciate every one of them.”

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