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



    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”


  ANTHEM “At the Name of Jesus,” Chancel Choir



     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 standing

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.




      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


     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

     profound need.

     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.


    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”

BENEDICTION (responsive)

     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.

     Congregation: Amen!

   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.