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Ash Wednesday

Worship
Lectionary Worship Workbook
Series IV, Cycle B
Call To Worship
Based on Joel 2.
Leader:
Blow the trumpet,
People:
Sound the alarm,
Leader:
For the day of the Lord is coming.
People:
Announce his coming,
Leader:
Call everyone together for a holy gathering,
People:
Declare a holy fast,
Leader:
Gather the people and set them apart,
People:
Bring everyone together,
Leader:
From the oldest to the youngest,
People:
Leave whatever you're doing and listen,
Leader:
Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart.
People:
Now is the time to return to the Lord.
Leader:
Let us bow down before our holy God.


Prayer Of Confession
Psalm 51
Leader:
Have mercy on me, O God,
People:
In your great tenderness,
Leader:
Wipe away my faults;
People:
Wash me clean of my guilt;
Leader:
Purify me of my sin,
People:
For my sin is constantly on my mind.
Leader:
I have sinned against none other than you,
People:
Having done what you declared to be wrong.
Leader:
You are justified in passing sentence on me,
People:
And blameless in judging me.
Leader:
Yet, I pray, Lord, that you would hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.
People:
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Leader:
Put a new and righteous spirit within me.
People:
Restore to me the joy of your presence,
Leader:
And keep my spirit steady and willing.
People:
Amen.

This one, based on 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, is a Confession and a Statement Of Faith. It could even be used as a Dedication Prayer.
Leader:
Father God,
People:
Our sin is ever before us.
Leader:
Yet you sent your Son Jesus, who was sinless,
People:
To be sin for us,
Leader:
So that we might become righteous,
People:
With your righteousness.
Leader:
Our sin is exchanged for your righteousness.
People:
We are humbled and grateful.
Leader:
In Jesus' name, be reconciled to God then.
People:
God, let your forgiveness and reconciliation be seen in our lives,
Leader:
So that others will know Christ and his healing power.
People:
We are the evidence of the reality of Christ.
Leader:
May we live as his ambassadors,
People:
For so we are.
Leader:
Amen.


Assurance Of Pardon
Based on Joel 2. It goes well with the Confession based on Joel 2 above.
The Lord says, "Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your hearts and not your garments"; meaning don't just show outward signs of repentance, like the mark of ashes on your forehead or giving up something for this season of Lent, but let your heart be broken in realizing your sin before the Lord. In your sorrow and remorse, return to the Lord, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. He is the God of grace, who forgives our sins and restores us once again into a right relationship with him.


Parish Prayer
Loosely based on 2 Corinthians 6:3-10. You may want to read the passage as an introduction to the prayer.
Let us pray: Life is not easy. We all face temptations and trials and troubles. It's hard to keep being faithful and keep doing what's right all the time. It's a daily challenge to endure and to persevere ourselves, let alone encourage others.

Lord, we lift up to you in prayer those for whom at this moment life is hard. O how we need the presence of your Holy Spirit and the power of your love to get through and make us victorious in all our struggles. Give us your grace and strength and love. When we come to the end of ourselves, having nothing to keep us going, we have you; you are everything we need. Thank you, precious Lord. Amen.


Benediction
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Christians, do not receive God's grace without realizing its amazing worth. For God says, "In the time of my favor, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you." Now is the time of God's favor; now is the day of salvation. Go in God's saving grace.


Hymns

At Calvary

Cleanse Me

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor And Needy

I Lay My Sins On Jesus

If My People's Hearts Are Humbled

Jesus, I Come

Lord, I'm Coming Home

Since I Have Been Redeemed

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


Contemporary Choruses

I Give You My Heart, Reuben Morgan

Take My Life, Scott Underwood

Wonderful Cross, The, Jesse Reaves


Other Music

Beauty For Ashes, Crystal Lewis
Perfect for Ash Wednesday. The song tells of how Jesus turns the ashes of this life into beauty.

New & Featured This Week

StoryShare

C. David Mckirachan
Contents
"Hook and Line" by C. David McKirachan
"When?" by C. David McKirachan


Hook and Line
by C. David McKirachan
Mark 1:14-20

I went fishing with my father as a child. The scene those words probably paint in your head is not the way it was. He went with others when invited, taking me as a companion. It always seemed to me he was there but not comfortable with what went on. I inherited his attitude about hook and line.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
“And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fish for people.'” (v. 17)

Good morning boys and girls,

So fun to see you today. How are you? If you were a smiley face what would you look like? Would you be sunny smiley or sad sack or sort of in between? (kids respond) I am a smiley face today because you are here and I have a good news story to tell you.

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
George Reed
Christopher Keating
In the stories of Jonah proclaiming God’s judgment to the Ninevites and Jesus calling fishermen to be his disciples, the lectionary provides us this week with two stories of God sending a simple, pointed message -- and against what might seem to be common sense, the targets for those messages actually responding to them. After all, Nineveh was a big enough city that its residents likely did not have to worry about its security -- and yet the people “turned from their evil ways.” And the fishermen at the Sea of Galilee dropped their nets and followed Jesus into a highly uncertain future.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Frank Ramirez
Jonah later claimed that the reason he fled after the command of God to condemn Nineveh was he knew all along God is merciful and would forgive their sins. Is that true? How could Jonah know in advance that the Destroyer of Nations who built pillars to commemorate their atrocities would don sackcloth and ashes and repent? The rules just changed.

Although Paul’s directions are confusing he’s right about one thing -- the rules just changed. The present form of this world is passing away and we’re playing by new rules!

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Some prisons have recently introduced a scheme whereby very dangerous prisoners who pose a high security risk earn spending power through playing sport or helping with cleaning. Thus these prisoners may be paid for playing Scrabble. This has produced something of an outcry amongst some sections of the general population. They find it outrageous that men who have committed horrendous crimes such as rape and murder, should be paid for playing games. Prison should be for punishment, they say, not a holiday camp.

SermonStudio

Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
Now is the time!

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging our call by grace, we pray for the Spirit to strengthen us to make us worthy of our call. Stress on grace and Sanctification again.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 62:5-12
* Psalm attributed to David which refers to God as Elohim. Expression of confidence in God's protection.
* Total dependence on God (v. 7). For life is but an instant (v. 9).

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