Digital Worship Service: Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021

Greeting

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Prayer of the Day
Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made,
and you forgive the sins of all. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that 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. Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-12
1Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my
people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.
2Yet day after day they
seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced
righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me
righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. 3″Why do we fast, but
you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you
serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
4Look,
you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting
as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high. 5
Is such the fast that I choose, a day to
humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth
and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 6
Is not this
the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the
yoke,
to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7
Is it not to share your
bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you
see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 8Then
your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up
quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your
rear guard.
9Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for
help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the
pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the
darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 11The LORD will guide you
continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones
strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose
waters never fail.
12Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the
foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the
breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Psalm 51:1-17

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; in your great
compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness, and cleanse me
from my sin.
3 For I know my offenses, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you
are justified when you speak and right in your judgment.
5 Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness, a sinner from my mother’s womb.
6 Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me, and would have me know
wisdom deep within.
7 Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be
purer than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; that the body you have broken may
rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my wickedness.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with your
bountiful Spirit.
13 Let me teach your ways to offenders, and sinners shall be restored to you.
14 Rescue me from bloodshed, O God of my salvation, and my tongue shall
sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
16 For you take no delight in sacrifice, or I would give it. You are not
pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a troubled and broken heart, O God,
you will not despise.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10
20bWe entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him
to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
6:1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in
vain. 2 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! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found
with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way:
through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,5 beatings, imprisonments,
riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,
holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the
weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 in honor and dishonor, in ill
repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown,
and yet are well known; as dying, and see — we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having
nothing, and yet possessing everything

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
1“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. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so 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. 6 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. 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. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 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.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.”

Sermon: Pastor Neil White

Invitation to Lent

P: Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’
Passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed. We begin this holy season by
acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy.
We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another and to live in
harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and
creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever
leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you therefore, to the discipline of Lent—
self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—
strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty
days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Confession of Sin
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Most holy and merciful God,
We confess to you and to one another, and before the whole company of heaven, that we have
sinned by our fault, by our own fault, by our own most grievous fault, in thought, word, and
deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors
as ourselves.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We have shut our ears to your call to forgive as we have been forgiven. We have not been true to the
mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us, O God.
Our past unfaithfulness, our lack of trust in your promise to dwell in and among us, we confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, we confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Our negligence in worshipping you in Spirit and in truth, and our failure to live out our calling as your
hands and feet in this world, we confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Our indifference to human need and suffering, and to injustice and cruelty, we confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Our false judgments, our uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and our prejudice and
contempt toward those who differ from us, we confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, we
confess to you.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Restore us, O God, and assure us that your anger at us has been swept up in the passionate love
you have poured out for us on the cross.
Hear us, O God, for your mercy is great.

Imposition of Ashes
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. May these ashes be a sign
of our mortality and penitence, reminding us that only by the cross of our Lord Jesus
Christ are we given eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation,
that we may show forth your glory in the world.
By the cross and passion of your Son, our savior,
bring us with all your saints to the joy of the resurrection.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism,
that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence,
and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior and
Lord, who lived and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving:

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Words of Institution

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.

Prayer After Communion

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the
healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift,
in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

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

Dismissal
As members of the One Body of Christ, go forth to serve world, in gratitude
and in joy; be of good courage, use your gifts boldly and wisely, to strengthen
the fainthearted and support the weak, to help the afflicted and to nurture the
young, to love and serve God, in the light of his grace. Thanks be to God.

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1 Response to Digital Worship Service: Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  1. Charlene Minard says:

    Thanks to all of you for braving the inclement weather to record this service for us.
    God’s peace be with you.
    Stay safe.

    Charlene

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