On Wednesday, March 1st, an Ash Wednesday service was held on Augusta University's Summerville campus in the Jaguar Student Activity Center. Augusta University senior, Kayden Evans said "I thought the Ash Wednesday service was a really neat experience because I actually got to worship on campus with fellow students, which is something that doesn't normally happen."
At the service Chaplain Larry Jesion lead the service by reading several passages of scripture and then read scripture that the audience would join in reading. He then gave a sermon about how people should not just focus on giving up things like chocolate for Lent but instead we should do things like “give up complaining and begin contemplating simplicity.” At the end of the scripture readings he placed the symbol of a cross on each person's forehead in ashes.
Even though the crowd was small, the students who did attend seemed to enjoy their time. First year AU student EJ Fulk said "I could not make it to my church, so having a service at school worked out perfectly. I was pretty excited to attend an Ash Wednesday service that I didn't even have to leave campus for!"
Chaplain Larry Jesion leading Augusta University's Ash Wednesday Service
Chaplain Jesion distributing ashes
Student EJ Fulk worshiping at the Ash Wednesday Service
Student Kayden Evans worshiping at AU's Ash Wednesday Service