Ash Wednesday 3-01-17
Volume 65, No. 10
March 1, 2017
Serving Us This Evening
Organist: Gretchen P / Usher: Nathan A
Pre-service Meditation: Psalm 51
Order of Worship
When the congregation is asked to stand, please do so only if you are able. You may remain seated if standing is difficult.
The Bells Call Us to Worship
Welcome to Worship (Pastor)
Opening Hymn: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
Jesus, I will ponder now On Your holy passion; With Your Spirit me endow For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith May the image cherish Of Your suff’ring, pain, and death, That I may not perish.
Make me see Your great distress, Anguish, and affliction, Bonds and stripes and wretchedness And Your crucifixion. Make me see how scourge and rod, Spear and nails did wound You, How for them You died, O God, Who with thorns had crowned You.
Yet, O Lord, not thus alone Make me see Your passion, But its cause to me make known And its termination. Ah! I also and my sin Wrought Your deep affliction; This indeed the cause has been Of Your crucifixion.
rant that I Your passion view With repentant grieving, Let me not bring shame to You By unholy living. How could I refuse to shun Ev’ry sinful pleasure Since for me God’s only Son Suffered without measure?
If my sins give me alarm And my conscience grieve me, Let Your cross my fear disarm; Peace of conscience give me. Help me see forgiveness won By Your holy passion. If for me He slays His Son, God must have compassion!
Graciously my faith renew; Help me bear my crosses, Learning humbleness from You, Peace mid pain and losses. May I give You love for love! Hear me, O my Savior, That I may in heav’n above Sing Your praise forever.
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: The Lord Almighty grant a quiet night and peace at the last.
P: It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
C: to sing praise to Your name, O Most High;
P: To herald Your love in the morning,
C: Your truth at the close of day.
Pastor: Jesus Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.
Cong: Jesus Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.
Confession and Absolution
P: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and of one another.
C: Holy and gracious God, I confess that I have sinned against You this day. Some of my sin I know—the thoughts and words and deeds of which I am ashamed—but some is known only to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask forgiveness. Deliver and restore me that I may rest in peace.
P: By the Mercy of God we are redeemed by Jesus Christ, and in Him we are forgiven. We rest now in His peace and rise in the morning to serve Him. Amen.
Liturgical Hymn: The Lamb, The Lamb (LSB # 547:1-4)
The Lamb__, the Lamb__, O Father, where’s the sacrifice? Faith sees__, believes__, God will provide the Lamb of price! Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own! The Lamb__ is reigning on His throne! The Lamb__, the Lamb__, One perfect final offering. The Lamb__, the Lamb__, Let earth join heav’n His praise to sing. Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own! The Lamb__ is reigning on His throne!
The Lamb__, the Lamb__, As wayward sheep their shepherd kill So still__, His will__, On our behalf the Law to fill. Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own! The Lamb__ is reigning on His throne! He sighs__, He dies__, He takes my sin and wretchedness. He lives__, forgives__, He gives me His own righteousness. Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own! The Lamb__ is reigning on His throne!
Text: Gerald P. Coleman, © 1987 MorningStar Music Pubilishers
All rights reserved. Reprinted underOneLicense.net A-726341
The Reading of Christ’s Passion
Excerpts from Jesus’ final sermon in the Upper Room.
Reading Part 1
“Thanks Be to God” —Gary P
Reading Part 2
Confession of Faith
Martin Luther’s Explanation to the 2nd Article of the Apostles’ Creed
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.
He did this that I should be His very own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in eternal righteousness, innocence, and joy; just as He is risen from death, lives and reigns in eternity. This is most certainly true.
Hymn: 342 — Chief of Sinners Though I Be
Text: Romans 5:12,18
Therefore, just ascame into the world through one man, andthrough sin, anddeath spread to all men becausesinned . . . one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life formen.
“Jesus Redeemed Me, Lost and Condemned”
On my heart imprint Thine image, Blessed Jesus, King of Grace, That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures Have no power Thee to efface. This the superscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, Is my life, my hope’s Foundation, And my Glory and Salvation (TLH 179).
Offering of Thanksgiving
Let Us Pray…
Lenten Prayer (Pastor)
Pastor & Congregation: 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 and ever. Amen.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day. And I pray, forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angels be with me, so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen
Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer
P: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping.
C: That awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with you all.
Hymn: God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
God, who made the earth and heaven, Darkness and light, You the day for work have given, For rest the night. May your angel host defend us, Slumber sweet your mercy send us, Holy dreams and hopes attend us All through the night.
And when morn again shall call us run life’s way, May we still, whate’er befall us, will obey. From the pow’r of evil hide us;
In the narrow pathway guide us; Never be your smile denied us, through the day.
Guard us waking, guard us sleeping, when we die, May we in your mighty keeping peaceful lie. When the last dread call shall wake us, Then, O Lord, do not forsake us, But to reign in glory take us you on high.
Holy Father, throned in heaven-holy Son, Holy Spirit, freely given—Blest Three in One, Grant us grace, we now implore you, Till we lay our crowns before you And in worthier strains adore you ages run. Amen.
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Thank you! To all who provided food and hosted supper this evening!
Please Remember to sign-up for tour choir housing. Some distance to host houses isn’t a problem. If you’d like to host but need help with transportation—talk to Pastor Eichstadt.
A booklet of daily devotions for Lent is available in the narthex. Take a copy for your own use, and take copies to share with others. These booklets are excellent for outreach—share the Word!
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Pastor Wayne C. Eichstadt
Church Office: (509) 926-3317
Parsonage: (509) 922-3219 / Cell: (507) 380-1068
Gethsemane is a member congregation of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (www.clclutheran.org).