CARTHAGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Rev. John W. Vaughan, Pastor
March 1, 2017
A SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God's mercy endures for ever.
OPENING PRAYER* UMH 353
HYMN *Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days UMH 269
SCRIPTURE LESSON Joel 2:1 –2, 12–17 David Bass
[PSALM] * Psalm 51:1–17 UMH 785 David Bass
SCRIPTURE LESSON 2 Corinthians 5:20b –6:10 Jane Turner
HYMN * Have Thine Own Way, Lord UMH 382
GOSPEL LESSON* Matthew 6:1 –6, 16–21 Nicole Harriman
ANTHEM “In Remembrance” Choir
SERMON: “Be Reconciled With God”
INVITATION TO THE OBSERVANCE OF LENTEN DISCIPLINE
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
the early Christians observed with great devotion
the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection,
and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration
there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.
It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins
and had separated themselves from the community of faith
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,
and restored to participation in the life of the Church.
In this way, the whole congregation was reminded
of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ
and the need we all have to renew our faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to observe a holy Lent:
by self–examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self–denial;
and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word.
To make a right beginning of repentance,
and as a mark of our mortal nature,
let us now kneel (bow) before our Creator and Redeemer.
A brief silence is kept, the congregation kneeling or bowed.
THANKSGIVING OVER THE 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,
so, that we may remember that only by your gracious gift
are we given everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
IMPOSITION OF ASHES *
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Or they say:
Repent, and believe the gospel.
CONFESSION AND PARDON
The pastor then says:
May the almighty and merciful God,
who desires not the death of a sinner
but that we turn from wickedness and live,
accept your repentance, forgive your sins,
and restore you by the Holy Spirit to newness of life. Amen.
THE PEACE *
Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.
All exchange signs and words of God's peace.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
THE LORD'S PRAYER
HYMN * Lord, I Want to Be a Christian UMH 402
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING *
GOING FORTH *
Carthage United Methodist Church
608 Main Street North
Carthage, TN 37030
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