Ash Wednesday, 2022

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The Holy Eucharist

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 ✠ 7 p.m.

NOTE: In-person worship will be offered at 8 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.
ONLY the 7 p.m. service will be available online.

Please stand as you are able as the ministers enter in silence.

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant      The Lord be with you.
People          And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

The First Lesson Joel 2:1-2,12-17 Please be seated.

After the lesson, the Reader says

Reader          The Word of the Lord.
People          Thanks be to God.

Psalm 103:8-14Sung by choir         Benedic, anima mea

    8      The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
                  slow to anger and of great kindness.

    9      He will not always accuse us, *
                  nor will he keep his anger for ever.

   10      He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
                  nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

   11      For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
                  so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.

   12      As far as the east is from the west, *
                  so far has he removed our sins from us.

   13      As a father cares for his children, *
                  so does the Lord care for those who fear him.

   14      For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
                  he remembers that we are but dust.

The Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10 Please be seated.

After the lesson, the Reader says

Reader          The Word of the Lord.
People          Thanks be to God.

Hymn 142 Please stand.

Lord, who throughout these forty days                                       St. Flavian

The Holy Gospel  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Please stand.

Minister        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
                   according to Matthew.
People          Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the Gospel reading, the Mnister says

Minister        The Gospel of the Lord.
People          Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon Silence is kept after the sermon.

The Invitation to a Holy Lent Please stand as you are able.

After the Invitation, silence is then kept for a time, all kneeling.

The Imposition of Ashes

The Celebrant blesses the ashes, and the People come forward to receive the imposition of ashes. Please lean slightly forward to prevent ashes falling onto your clothing.

Psalm 51 Kneeling, as you are able.

               All   Have mercy on me, O God,
                     according to your loving-kindness; *
                          in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

  High Voices   Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
                          and cleanse me from my sin.

   Low Voices   For I know my transgressions, *
                          and my sin is ever before me.

  High Voices   Against you only have I sinned *
                          and done what is evil in your sight.

   Low Voices   And so you are justified when you speak *
                          and upright in your judgment.

  High Voices   Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
                          a sinner from my mother’s womb.

   Low Voices   For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
                          and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

  High Voices   Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
                          wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

   Low Voices   Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
                          that the body you have broken may rejoice.

  High Voices   Hide your face from my sins *
                          and blot out all my iniquities.

   Low Voices   Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
                          and renew a right spirit within me.

  High Voices   Cast me not away from your presence *
                          and take not your holy Spirit from me.

   Low Voices   Give me the joy of your saving help again *
                          and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

  High Voices   I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
                          and sinners shall return to you.

   Low Voices   Deliver me from death, O God, *
                          and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
                          O God of my salvation.

  High Voices   Open my lips, O Lord, *
                          and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

   Low Voices   Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, *
                          but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

               All   The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
                          a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Litany of Penitence

Minister and People

Most holy and merciful Father: 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.

The Minister continues

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.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

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.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

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,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

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

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

Restore us, good Lord,
and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

The Celebrant asks God to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit.

The PeaceThe people stand.

Celebrant      The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People          And also with you.

We greet one another in the name of the Lord.

The Holy Communion

Anthem Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake        Richard Farrant
                                                                      Words: Lidley’s Prayers, 1566

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake, lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past and give us grace to amend our sinful lives.
To decline from sin and incline to virtue, that we may walk in a perfect heart
before thee, now and evermore. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving Please stand                                                                                

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

The Celebrant recalls God’s creation and blessing, saying

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Sanctus S124        David Hurd

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.

The Celebrant continues the prayer, recalling God’s unfolding of salvation history, climaxing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and his institution of the holy meal.

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

The Celebrant calls on the Holy Spirit to descend on us and on our gifts, and offers prayer in anticipation of God’s festival banquet.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread, Hymnal S161 David Hurd

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

The Holy Communion

Please form a single-file line in the center aisle, maintaining social distance, and approach the priest wearing a mask. You can remove your mask and eat the bread once you’ve walked away from others. All are welcome to receive Holy Communion, including visitors and small children. Gluten-free hosts are available on request. Those not wishing to receive Communion are invited to receive a blessing: Simply cross your arms over your chest to indicate your preference.

AnthemBlessed are those                   Joseph A. Kucharski

Blessed are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.
Praise the Lord, all you nations; laud him, all you peoples.
For his loving kindness toward us is great, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures of ever.

Postcommunion Prayer Please stand or kneel.

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The Solemn Prayer over the People

Minister        Bow down before the Lord.

The people kneel or bow deeply.

Hymn Please stand.

If thou but trust in God to guide thee                    Wer nur den lieben Gott


The Minister dismisses the people.
          Thanks be to God.

Organ Voluntary

Chorale prelude on “Wer nur den lieben Gott”                             J. S. Bach

Today’s Ministers of the Liturgy

The Rev. Lane Hensley, Celebrant & Preacher
Peter Larson, Michael Nelson, Altar Guild
Michael Nelson, Suzy Brennan, Lectors
Dana Fritz, Intercessor
Mal Soward Gatford, Paul Haubrich, Ushers
Peter Larson, Online Video

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