Ash Wednesday 2023

Ash Wednesday February 22, 2023

Psalm 51    (Lay Reader)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness;

          in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness,

          and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

          and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned

          and done what is evil in your sight.

And so you are justified when you speak

          and upright in your judgment.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,

          a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me,

          and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;

          wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness,

          that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins,

          and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

          and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

          and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again,

          and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

I shall teach your ways to the wicked,

          and sinners shall return to you.

Deliver me from death, O God,

          and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.

 Open my lips, O Lord,

          and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,

          but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;

          a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Be favorable and gracious to Zion,

          and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices, with burnt-offerings and oblations

          then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

          as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Silence for Meditation on Our Sins



P. Most holy and merciful Father:

C. We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

P. We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

C. Have mercy on us, Lord.

P. We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

C. Have mercy on us, Lord.

P. We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness. The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives,

C. we confess to you, Lord.

P. Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,

C. we confess to you, Lord.

P. Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

C. we confess to you, Lord.

P. Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

C. we confess to you, Lord.

P. Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

C. we confess to you, Lord.

P. Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done. For our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

C. accept our repentance, Lord.

P. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

C. accept our repentance, Lord.

P. For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

C. accept our repentance, Lord.

P. Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us.

C. Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great. Amen


P. Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation,

C. that we may show forth your glory in the world.

P. By the cross and Passion of your Son, our Lord,

C. bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

P. Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, does not desire the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live. Therefore, we implore him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, that the rest of our life may be pure and holy, and that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. Amen


Prayer of the Day 

P.  The Lord be with you.

C.  And also with you.

P.  Let us pray…

C.  Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent.  Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


FIRST READING         Joel 2:1-2, 12-17    (Lay leader)

1Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near 2a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come.

12Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13rend 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. 14Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain-offering and a drink-offering for the Lord, your God? 15Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16gather 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. 17Between 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?” ’


Lay leader:  The word of the Lord.

People:       Thanks be to God.



(Please stand as you are able)

LENTEN VERSE             


Gospel        Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21                             

Pastor:  The Holy Gospel according to the book of Matthew the sixth chapter.

People:  Glory to you, O Lord.

6“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. 2“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. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

5“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. 6But 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. 7“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. 14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16“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. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so 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.

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Pastor:  The Gospel of our Lord.

People:  Praise to you, O Christ


The Sermon  – Pastor Kris Brower


Hymn of the Day  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

The Nicene Creed                                  

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



Each prayer petition will end with –

Lay Leader: Lord in your mercy

People:       Hear our prayer.



People:        Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing.  Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life.  Gather the hopes and dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer.  Grace our table with your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

Lay Leader: Let us pray. Blessed are you,

People:       O Lord our God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts.  With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Pastor:        The Lord be with you.

People:       And also with you.


Pastor:        Lift up your hearts.

People:       We lift them to the Lord.


Pastor:        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:       It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Pastor:        It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord. You bid your people cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the paschal feast. Renew our zeal in faith and life, and bring us to the fullness of grace that belongs to the children of God.

And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Pastor:  In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.



Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.



Pastor:        The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

People:       Amen.



Pastor:  Let us pray…Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the Godly life. Enable us to receive Him always with thanksgiving and to conform our lives to His; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:       Amen.



PASTOR:  Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. 

People:  Amen.





Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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