MARKHAM LUTHERAN CHURCH
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What's Happening On March 2, 2022
Serving on Ash Wednesday: Rosemary Schneekloth, Assisting Minister and LIvestream Admin; Jason Hill, Organist
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts so that, truly repenting our sins, we may obtain from you, the God of mercy, full pardon and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Joel 2:12-19; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10; Matthew 6:1-21
Ash Wednesday begins the 6 1/2 week season of Lent, which culminates in the Easter celebration. This day takes its name from the custom of putting ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of our penitence and sorrow for sin, and of God's forgiveness.
As a symbol, ashes remind us of our physical beginning and human outcome in "Dust to dust; ashes to ashes." They are a token of mourning. So the ashes mean contrition, repentance, and also serve as a reminder that life is transitory. The Lenten season of discipline which begins this evening is a period of self-examination, repentance, and sorrow for sin; a time of spiritual growth and renewal. The discipline of Lenten fasting is to be carried out as part of our discipleship. The fast is one way to turn to the Lord, as are the other Lenten disciplines of prayer, study, worship and the giving of alms. In Lent, we turn toward the Lord and toward the blessing he has given us in his life, death and resurrection.
The First Hymn of Lent: LSB 419, Savior, When in Dust to Thee
Gospel Response: LSB 743, Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Hymn of the Day: Remember, Earth-bound Mortal (Tune LSB 449, O Sacred Head Now Wounded)
Hymn for the Imposition of Ashes: LSB 440, Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
Closing hymn: LSB 767, Jesus, Remember Me
The Liturgical color for Ash Wednesday is black.
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