ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

The church season of Lent will begin with our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 6th. 

Worship will be held in the sanctuary at 6:30 PM. 


March 6, 2019


WELCOME — Pastor Randy


PRELUDE


*CALL TO WORSHIP

  Pastor: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;

  People: According to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions.

  Pastor: Purge us with hyssop, and we shall be clean;

  People: Wash us, and we shall be white then snow.

  Pastor: Restore to us the joy of your salvation

  People: And sustain in us a willing spirit.


*HYMN — "Lord, Throughout These Forty Days" — Insert


*UNISON PRAYER

We come to you, O God, to acknowledge that we are but dust of the earth unless you breathe your life and Spirit into us. May     this season of Lent be to us a new beginning as we turn to you and to life eternal. Amen.


THE OFFERTORY

Presentation of God's Tithe (Guests, please consider the welcome card your offering)

• The Doxology

• Prayer of Dedication


SPECIAL MUSIC — "Room At The Cross For You" — Senior Choir


•HYMN — "In The Cross of Christ I Glory" — #328


SCRIPTURE — Matthew 21:1-11


MESSAGE — "A Donkey's Tale" — Pastor Randy


Thanksgiving Over The Ages


IMPOSITION OF ASHES*

  The congregation is invited to comer forward to receive the mark of the cross.  Repent and believe the Gospel!


*HYMN — "Near the Cross" — #319


•BENEDICTION — Pastor Randy


•POSTLUDE



* The imposition of ashes on the foreheads of Christians is an ancient Christian practice, going back at least to the 10th century. Biblically, ashes are a symbol of purification and penitence (see Numbers 19:9, 17; Hebrews 9:13; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21 and Luke 10:13). In the early church, people who had been separated from the church because of serious sins might seek to be re-admitted to the fellowship by observing a formal period of penitence during Lent. These people were generally sprinkled with ashes or given rough garments sprinkled with ashes as a sign of their sorrow for their sin. Beginning in the tenth century, the observance of Ash Wednesday became a general rite for the church. The she's, which were a symbol of purification in the Old Testament, remind us that we are mortal. In many churches the ashes are made by burning the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. Ashes are placed on the forehead, usually in the sign of a cross, in a ritual known as the Imposition of Ashes. As the ashes are placed on the forehead, words such as these are spoken: "Repent, and believe the Gospel!"