Below you will find an at-home worship guide with liturgy, prayers, as well as music and sermon videos from Mariel and Pastor Alex. May you be blessed this Ash Wednesday as we begin the season of Lent, and we pray that you are keeping warm and safe during this storm!
Call to Worship
God, tonight we begin our journey toward Easter.
We come to confess our sins and seek forgiveness.
We come to repent of that which separates us from knowing your peace in our lives.
We come here knowing that in this community of faith,
even we can’t be physically together
we are not alone in our seeking.
We are not alone in our questions.
We are not alone in our fears.
Today, we come to shed the weight of our sins and begin our journey together.
Forgive Us (The Many)
We try, we fail, do too little too late
We wish we could walk away
We hurt, we’re hurt, nothing seems to work
We don’t know what to say
Forgive us. Forgive us. We know not what we do.
Be with us. Be with us. We don’t know what to do.
What’s wrong, what’s right, hard to see without sight.
Blindly we come to you
We don’t know how to pray here, stay here.
All we hope is that you’re here.
Help us seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly here.
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Holy God, hear our prayers for all that lies uneasily in our hearts.
Help us to admit that we are broken by
fear and hate, apathy and greed, broken by sorrow and anxiety.
God, we are lost and cannot find our way home.
The path that we are on seems unfamiliar.
We have wandered from our true self.
We cannot see where you are leading us, or if you are leading us.
There is just so much, and we are anxious about it all.
Infuse your peace and serenity into our hearts.
Release us from the prisons that limit our full expressions of love and faith.
Remind us that you claim us and the world every day
as good, beloved and redeemed. Amen.
Scripture Reading – Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV)
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Response to Message
Please take a few moments consider the sins and burdens in your life. Think about the ways that you are distracted from loving God and loving your neighbors with all of your heart. Envision how those burdens might be offered to God and rendered to ash freeing you to experience the wholeness in God’s love and freeing your to be who you are called to be.
After you have spent a few moments in prayerful meditation, confess to God and ask forgiveness.
Confession to God
God, as we look toward Easter,
we confess that we are not ready for the journey.
We are burdened by our sins.
We have not listened for your voice and heard its call.
We have fallen into gossip and judgement of others.
We have not seen your image in our neighbors and our enemies.
We have made idols of our busy-ness
and been distracted from your call on our lives.
We do not seek your presence,
thinking that we can do it all on our own.
We serve our own interests forgetting the lonely,
the sick, the impoverished, and the oppressed.
We turn away from you, instead of looking toward you.
We have lost our way.
Tonight, we lay these burdens before you.
We ask you to make ash of the sins that consume us.
We repent and seek to walk not alone, but with you.
We ask for your forgiveness.
Cleanse our hearts, remove our burdens,
and prepare our spirits for the journey.
May you enter into the season of Lent with an impassioned spirit, seeking to find renewal and hope through spiritual practice and reflection. Remember that God is with you now and always. Remember that we are all children of God and that our calling is to care for one another. Welcome to Lent friends, may you find God throughout these forty days. Amen.
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