Worship Order – Service of the Word ~ Ash Wednesday 12:00 and 7:00pm

February 14, 2024

 

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Prelude

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Invocation*

L  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
C  Amen

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission 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.

Opening  Hymn                 O Lord, Throughout These 40 Days, LBW 99

Scripture Reading            Joel 2:12-19

12“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. 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; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. 17Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” 18Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. 19The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.”

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

+   The Order for Confession and Forgiveness   +

The Ten Commandments and responses from Martin Luther’s explanations in the Small Catechism.

P  As we are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, so we die to sin and rise to new life. In the name of the Father, and of + the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All  Amen

P  Hear the Word of God. The 1st Commandment: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods.

All  We must fear, love, and trust God more than anything else.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 2nd Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, deceive, or try to use magical powers. We must speak his name to pray, praise, and thank him in all times of trouble.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 3rd Commandment: Remember the Lord’s Day, to keep it holy.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not look down on the preaching of God’s Word. We must treat it as holy and gladly listen and learn it.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 4th Commandment: Honor your father and mother.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not look down on or irritate our parents and other authorities. We must respect, serve, obey, and love them.                                                                                       

Silence for Reflection

P  The 5th Commandment: You shall not kill.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not harm our neighbors. We must protect and help them in every need.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 6th Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.

All  We must fear and love God, so that our words and actions are clean and decent in matters of sex. Husbands and wives must honor and serve each other.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 7th Commandment: You shall not steal.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not take our neighbors’ money or possessions, or try to cheat them.  We must help our neighbors to protect their possessions and employment.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 8th Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not hurt our neighbors by lying, betraying, or slandering them. We must defend them, say good things about them, and explain what they do in the best possible way.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 9th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not envy or try to take our neighbors’ house, property, or personal belongings,  or claim to have a right to them. We must help our neighbors   to keep what belongs to them.

Silence for Reflection

P  The 10th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse, family, friends, or workers, or even pets and animals.

All  We must fear and love God, so that we do not envy or interfere in our neighbors’ relationships. We must urge them to stay and be faithful.

Silence for Reflection

P  What does God say to us about all these commandments?

All  God promises consequences to everyone who breaks these commandments. We should be afraid of his anger, because of his righteousness and not violate his commandments. But God promises grace and every blessing to those who keep his commandments. For this reason, too, we should love and trust God, and willingly obey his commandments.

Response from John’s Gospel

P  But to all who did receive Jesus, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

C  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

L  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

C  No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.  Because of Jesus Christ, we do not fear the wrath of God, but trust Him to save us from our sins and failures, ransom us from death, and rescue us from the devil.

L  Blessed be the name of the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

C  Amen

Imposition of Ashes

Hymn during imposition                 Savior, When in Dust to You,  LBW 91

Gospel Acclamation        Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word      LBW 230, vs. 1

Gospel Reading Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 6th Chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when 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 when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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

The Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to you, O Christ.

Homily

Hymn of the Day             In Adam We All Been One, LBW 372

Apostles’ Creed

Prayer of God’s People

L  Holy God, create in us new and upright hearts that are moved to repentance. Make us ever aware of our sinful nature and the reality of our human mortality. Help us to depend upon you alone for mercy and grace and when we hear it pronounced to us, may we embrace it wholeheartedly. Lord in your mercy.

C  Hear our prayer.

L  Loving God, you call us to return to you, and you promise us that you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Let us not be afraid that you might reject us, but willingly seek the face of your one and only Son, Jesus. Lord in your mercy.

C  Hear our prayer.

L  Lord God, as we begin this season of Lent, we ask that you would accompany us on this journey to the cross. Open our eyes to see the sacrifice Jesus made out of his great love for humanity. Encourage us to live sacrificial lives as well, loving and serving our neighbors in Jesus’ holy name. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

C  Hear our prayer.

L  Comforting God, you are the source of all healing and wholeness. Be with all those who are suffering this day, that they might know the power of your love and look to you for hope and healing in their trials. Let them not despair, trusting in your goodness and Fatherly kindness.

C  Hear our prayer.

Offering

Offertory                             Take My Life   406, vs. 1, 4

Take my life that I may be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my silver and my gold,
not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
ev’ry pow’r as thou shalt choose.

Offertory Prayer               p. 68 LBW

The Great Thanksgiving    p. 68 LBW

Prayer of Hippolytus (including Words of Institution)

The Lord’s Prayer

Distribution of Communion

Post Communion Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn                     How Firm a Foundation, LBW 507

Postlude