Ash Wednesday

3/6/19

Today’s service was led by Steve Wohlfeil (11am) and Pastor Dave Patterson (7pm).

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors.  Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Message:

The Word of God:

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Blow the trumpet in Zion;  sound the alarm on my holy hill.  Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.  It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom,  a day of clouds and blackness.  Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.  Yet even now, says the Lord return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.  Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.  Who knows whether he will not turn to relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?  Blow the trumpet of Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people.  Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.  Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.  Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations.  Why should it be said among the peoples, “Where is their God?”

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Service Songs:

 

Our Father, We Have Wandered

As Saints of Old

Just As I Am, Without One Plea

O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days

Blessing:

Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage.  Hold fast to that which is good.  Render to no one evil for evil.  Strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all persons.  Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.  Almighty God, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Dismissal:

Go in peace. Share the joy of Christ.

Response:

Thanks be to God.

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