2-18-15 Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2015


There will be an Imposition of Ashes at the end of this service. If you wish to participate please remain in the sanctuary and line up in the center aisle.

Procession of the Cross

Opening Hymn – #425 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Invocation (Please stand)
P In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Call to Confession
P Dearly beloved . . . Humble yourselves before God, confess your sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness.

Confession of Sins
P I now ask you before God, who searches the heart: Do you sincerely confess that you have sinned against God and deserve His wrath and punishment?
C I do confess.
P Truly, you should confess; for Holy Scripture declares: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Do you heartily repent of all your sins committed in thought, word, and deed?
C I do repent.
P Truly, you should repent, as did the penitent sinners: King David, who prayed for a contrite heart; Peter, who wept bitterly; the sinful woman; the prodigal son; and others.
Do you sincerely believe that God, by grace, for Jesus’ sake, will forgive you all your sins?
C I do believe.
P Truly, you should so believe, for Holy Scripture declares: “God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Do you promise that with the aid of the Holy Spirit you will amend your sinful life?
C I do promise.
P Truly, you should so promise, for Christ, the Lord, says: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Finally, do you believe that through me, a called servant of God, you will receive the forgiveness of all your sins?
C I do believe.
P As you believe, even so may it be unto you.

Absolution of Sins
P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Special Music – “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” Choir

SCRIPTURE LESSON – Exodus 3:7-17
7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9 And now, behold,the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen theoppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
Cong: Thanks be to God.

Catechism: LSB page #323-324 The First Petition

Nicene Creed
All: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn of the Day #419 “Savior, When in Dust to Thee”

Sermon – “Yahweh the Old Testament Savior name.”
Exodus 3:7-17

The Service of Response

Hymn #422 On My Heart Imprint Your Image


Lenten Collect
P: Let us pray
P Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. Go with us as we journey, God, as once You went with Abraham, our father in the faith. Grant that, like him, we hear Your gracious promises and trust Your holy Word. Everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. O Lamb of God, You came to be our sacred Substitute, to take our place beneath the wrath that sin had brought upon our race. Give us the faith to trust in You when laughter is withdrawn. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. For us You bore the mocking and the shame, O Lord. Give us the grace to see Your face even in the midst of things we must endure. They will scourge him and kill him. Lord, by Your stripes we are made whole, and by Your death new life is promised to us all. Help us to put to death whatever in us is not of Your will. And on the third day he will rise. Lead us, O Lord, from testing to triumph, that we may share the life which You have given us, eternally.
C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer
P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
C 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.

The Service of Holy Communion
P The Lord be with you.
C And with thy Spirit
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them up unto the Lord.
P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
C It is meet and right so to do.
P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God; on the tree of the cross You gave salvation to mankind that, when death arose, then Life also might rise again; and that he who by a tree once overcame might likewise by a tree be overcome, through Christ, our Lord; therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee and saying:
All Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory; Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Institution

P The Peace of the Lord be with you always!
C Amen.
All O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the Sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen!

The Distribution

Distribution Hymn #628 “Your Table I Approach”

The Nunc Dimittis
All Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Post Communion Collect
P O God the Father, the foundation and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled to serve You constantly; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.

P O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.
C And His mercy endureth forever.
P The Lord be with you.
C And with Thy Spirit.

Benedicamus and Benediction
P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift us His countenance on you and give you peace.
C Amen.

Hymn – #878 Abide With Me – vs 1,2,3 & 6
Imposition of Ashes
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
“For nearly a thousand years, these words have been spoken to young and old alike as the sign of the cross is traced on their foreheads with ashes—the Imposition of Ashes, as it has come to be known. During the last half of the 20th century, Lutherans have also begun to make use of this ancient rite.”

As you receive the ashes, you are receiving the cross of Christ as a symbolic remembrance of what He has done for you. The receiving of ashes is voluntary. If you would like to receive them please line up in the center aisle as others are dismissed from the service.

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