Ash Wednesday 2021

February 17, 2021


Prayer of Confession 

P: We will be living with stories of Jesus providing hope this Lent. We will see how Jesus encouraged people to open up about their lives no matter how broken. Ash Wednesday developed as a doorway to speaking the truth of our lives, a time to lay the brokenness of life before God. Let us pray:

Merciful God, we have lived a year of Lent. In the midst of it all we have seen love shine through at times but as we look back in this moment, it feels like a year of shattered dreams and shattered peace. We are discouraged. Even though so much feels out of our control, we also see the ways our own faults and failures to love each other fully, to care for the least, to honor your creation, to stand for what is right and good, have contributed to the shattering.

All: And so we come to you in pieces. Fragments, broken shells of our past selves. As we walk along the shores of Uncertainty and Pain, we ask that you meet us here. Help us, Healer. Show us our strength. Forgive our inertia. Move us to move one step at a time toward greater care.

Pastor: In this silence, we sense and acknowledge our yearning for wholeness.

Pastor: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.

( © 2021, used with permission)

Hymn      Give to the Wind Thy Fears

Reading – Matthew 11: 28-30

28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Hymn  It’s Me, it’s Me O Lord, Standing in the Need of Prayer

The Lord’s prayer

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. Amen.

Ritual Action

Hymn  How Can I Keep from Singing


Now go with confidence that, though shattered, we are held. Begin the journey of recovering your depth of love for all and your joy of living in this world. May the words of Jesus ring in your ears: “I will give you rest.” And may the Spirit hover, move, and deliver salve to your soul and a spring in your step.

Closing Quote

“If you cannot speak of your brokenness, your brokenness will speak for you.
― Peter Rollins
(liturgy from © 2021, used with permission)

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