Ash Wednesday - communion elements (wooden bowl, ceramic cup) on the left; ashes and oils for anointing in glass containers on the right; rocks and dried out palms from last year at the bottom of the altar.
Ribbon lengths, some knotted, of red, orange and yellow (flame colors) on the wooden cross. (We did something similar at a previous church--that cross was about 6 feet tall.) A small fan was trained on the ribbons from the floor in the back for some movement. "Wind, wind, blow on me."