Lent: Ash Wednesday 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday’s Sermon Title: Do Not Blaspheme God’s Name (Watch Service)

Sermon Scripture: Exodus 20:2, 7
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. […] You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Song of the Day: “For Healing of the Nations”

Lectionary Readings (Link to Verses)
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17,
2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Lectionary Scripture: Psalm 51:1-4
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
According to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;
So you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

Prayer of the Day
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.

Prayer of Ashes
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer

Celebrating God’s Name
Return to the LORD, your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. (Joel 2:13)

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