March 2, 2022 - Ash Wednesday Service
Welcome to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Today we will participate in these three acts of faith.
Reminder of our Baptism
“Child of God you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the
cross of Christ forever.” This is a reminder that we are baptized, claimed by
Jesus Christ as God’s child, forever.
Sacrament of Holy Communion
After the reminder of our Baptism we will then proceed to receive the bread
and wine. All are invited to participate in this Holy Supper.
Imposition of Ashes
At the conclusion of our worship ,as we leave in silence, those desiring the I
mposition of Ashes may use the center aisle to come forward to have the sign
of the cross drawn on their foreheads with ashes along with the ancient
words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” as a
reminder of our humanity.
Leader: Come, and let us worship the Lord our God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit invites us into this time of reflection, prayer, song, and renewal.
“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” - Hymnal #611
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Leader: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
All: Wash me through and through from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my offenses, and my sin is ever before me.
Leader: Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are justified when you speak and right in your judgment. Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness, a sinner from my mother’s womb.
All: Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me, and would have me know wisdom deep within.
Leader: Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be purer than snow.
All: Let me hear joy and gladness; that the body you have broken may rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my wickedness.
Leader: 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.
All: Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Leader: Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Leader: If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness. Receive the good news: God turns to you in love. “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you.
All: Amen! Let it be so!
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Cong: And also with you.
“Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” - Hymnal #752
Prayer of the Day
Leader: 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 receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. And all God’s people said loudly…
Holy Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Jesus said, “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.”
The Gospel of the Lord...Thanks be to God.
Pastor Tim Maybee
Song of the Day
“Borning Cry” - Hymnal #732
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
Reminder of Our Baptism
Pastor: On this holy day, as we celebrate the beginning of our Lenten journey, we are reminded that we walk as baptized children of God and inheritors of all that our Lord Jesus Christ has promised. We are not strangers to our Lord Jesus. Instead, God has cradled us and offered us the gift, through baptism, of belonging. So before we eat the bread and drink the wine, we will also receive the sign made with water to remind us of our baptism through which we walk as children of God and heirs to all that has been promised.
All: Child of God you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Amen.
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
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
Communion Blessing and Benediction
“How Long, O God” - Hymnal #698
IMPOSITION OF ASHES
As we leave in silence those desiring the Imposition of Ashes may use the center aisle to come forward to have the sign of the cross drawn on their foreheads with ashes along with the ancient words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” as a reminder of our humanity.