Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wherever there is a * preceding an item in the order of worship, we stand to praise God



PRAYER FOR ASH WEDNESDAY                                                                  #353, UMH

L: O God,

L: Maker of every thing and judge of all that you have made,

L: From the dust of the earth you have formed us

L:     And from the dust of death you would raise us up.

L: By the redemptive power of the cross,

L:     Create in us clean hearts

L:     And put within us a new spirit,

L: That we may repent of our sins

L:     And lead lives worthy of your calling;

L: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ALL:     Amen.

* PSALM OF REPENTANCE — Psalm 51 #785, UMH

Response 1 (Ash Wednesday): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

L: (1)     Have mercy on me, O God,

L:     According to your stead fast love;

ALL:     According to your abundant mercy

ALL:     Blot out my transgressions.

L: (2)     Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

L:     And cleanse me from my sin!

ALL:     (3)     For I know my transgressions,

ALL:     And my sin is ever before me.

L: (4)     Against you, you only, have I sinned,

L:     And done that which is evil in your sight,

L:     So that you are justified in your sentence

L:     And blameless in your judgement.

ALL:     (5)     Behold, I was born into iniquity,

ALL:     And I have been sinful since my mother conceived

ALL:     Me.

Response 1 (Ash Wednesday): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

L: (6)     Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;

L:     Therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

ALL:     (7)     Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

ALL:     Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow;

L: (8)     Make me hear with joy and gladness;

L:     Let the bones which you have broken rejoice.

ALL:     (9)     Hide your face from my sins,

ALL:     And blot out all my iniquities.

Response 1 (Ash Wednesday): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

L: (10)     Create in me a clean heart, O God,

L:     And put a new and right spirit within me.

ALL:     (11)     Cast me not away from your presence,

ALL:     And take not your holy Spirit from me.

L: (12)     Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

L:     And sustain in me a willing spirit.

ALL:     (13)     Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

ALL:     And sinners will return to you.

L: (14)     Deliver me from death, O God, God of my salvation,

L:     And my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

ALL:     (15)     O Lord, open my lips,

ALL:     And my mouth shall show forth your praise.

L: (16)     For you have no delight in sacrifice;

L:     Were I to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

ALL:     (17)     The sacrifice acceptable to God is broken spirit;

ALL:     A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not

ALL:     Despise.

Response 1 (Ash Wednesday): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

SCRIPTURE LESSON – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Leader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “This is Us:  Dust”                                                  Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:  Let us pray

Almighty God,
you have created us out of the dust of the earth.
Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign
of our mortality and penitence,
so we may remember
that only by your gracious gift
are we given everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

Words of Invitation and Instruction


Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Giving and Forgiving God,
Receive these offerings as our first sacrifice in our Lenten disciplines.  Take them and shape them that they will be a blessing
that leads others to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor:     Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up 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 right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude and Sending Forth

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us.  May this Lenten season open us to your grace in new ways.  May we tarry in the wilderness of these forty days to gather new understanding of your sacrifice for us.  May this meal which we have shared and the journey of Lent before us impart the strength of your Spirit to give ourselves for others following the example of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Leader:     Go into the world bearing the sign of the cross upon you.

People:     We go to begin our Lenten journey,
following in the footsteps of our Savior.

Leader.     Go into the world: sharing the Good News of Christ’s salvation.

People:     We go ready to let others know
Christ has forgiven us of our sin and will forgive them.

Leader:     Go into the world in the hope of a fresh start, a new life.

People:     We go ready to start again in the life of discipleship.



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