Ash Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul United Church of Christ
24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor
Mrs. Cheryl Schalm - Director of Christian Education
Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music
Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist
Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services
Ash Wednesday February 14, 2018
Celebration of Worship 7:30 p.m.
PRELUDE Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF CHURCH BELL
*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION (Responsive)
Leader: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that
moment the heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a
dove and lighting on him.
Congregation: And a voice from heaven said: ‘This is my son, whom I love.
With him I am well pleased!’
Leader: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert…
Congregation: As we gather tonight, we seek to follow you, Jesus. Lead us
by your Spirit into a season of preparation and growing faith. Amen.
*HYMN No. 99 “O How I Love Jesus”
*WELCOME/PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
ANTHEM “At the Name of Jesus,” Chancel Choir
AN INVTITATION TO LENTEN DISCIPLINE “Are You a Fence Sitter?”
PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING (Responsive)
Leader: God of passionate love and zealous commitment, it is your kindness that has
softened our hearts and led us to your arms.
Congregation: We praise and thank you, O Lord.
Leader: It is your devotion that has given us the courage to commit ourselves to you.
Congregation: We praise and thank you, O Lord.
Leader: It is your invitation that has inspired us to take upon us your yoke and
in it find purpose, meaning, and rest.
Congregation: We praise and thank you, O Lord. We rededicate our lives
to you and share our blessings that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit might be
honored and glorified.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessing flow; Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Matthew 3:13-4:11
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There’s something about that name!
Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there’s something about that name!
REFLECTION FOR LENT “”He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not,” Pastor Drutchas
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (responsive)
Leader: Holy and most beautiful Lord, we are humbled by your compassion and
mercy. We recognize that within us is much that has hurt and offended you and
hurt fellow men and women too.
Congregation: We acknowledge our faithlessness and admit that we are
undeserving of your commitment to us. But now empowered by your
grace, given to us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we long to
be renewed in what good, right, true, and faithful.
Leader: We want to consciously deepen our daily relationship with
you. You know our needs. Hear our prayers and supplications, spoken
and silent this night—prayers and supplications for ourselves and others in
Congregation: As we receive ashes upon our foreheads, help us to be
reminded of our own human mortality—the limitations of flesh. But may
these ashes also make possible for us in Jesus. Amen.
INVITATION FOR ASHES
All are invited to come forward to receive the sign of the cross drawn in
ashes on your forehead.
HYMN MEDLEY (until distribution of ashes concludes)
No. 124 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” (Verses 1-3)
No. 65 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
No. 179 “Forty Days and Forty Nights”
No. 82 “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
Leader: God of eternal love, we have made our commitment to you, and have
started a new journey into purposeful growth. But we know that if we are to
remain faithful we need your help and your strength. So we ask…
Congregation: Teach us to pray with pray and to read your word with
understanding. Teach us to worship with passion and gather together
with love. Teach us to give generously, to serve compassionately, and to
use our time mindfully, so that we may reflect your goodness, and that
others may discover your grace through us.
Leader: In this season, O God, sanctify us through and through that our whole
spirit, soul, and body may be kept blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. In Jesus’ name, bless us.
CHIME RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
A CORDIAL WELCOME IS EXTENDED to all worshippers. In keeping with the spirit of Lent, a “Bread and Water” fellowship period will follow this evening’s service.
ASHES OFFERED THIS EVENING to all worshippers. The ushers will invite you to come forth to the front of the sanctuary to receive them. The ashes are a symbol of humility and penitence. Ashes are available to those of all ages, including children.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST BEGINS TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) our Lenten mid-week program. The evening begins with refreshments from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Jerusalem Café. 7:00-7:30 is worship, 7:30-8:30 is Confirmation, Choir Rehearsal, and a Lenten Bible Study. All are welcome.