Ash Wednesday 2021

Ash Wednesday 2021

Genesis 1:1
Marked by God
 - Genesis 1:26-27
 - Genesis 2:15-16
Marked by Sin
 - Genesis 3:8-13
Covered by Grace
 - Genesis 3:15
 - Genesis 3:21
Genesis 4:1-16
Hebrews 12:24
Marked by Jesus

“Day by day remind yourself that you are going to die. Hour by hour keep careful watch over all you do, aware that God’s gaze is upon you, wherever you may be. Remembering our death doesn’t mean we revel in it—we aren’t called to a goth celebration of darkness. But reminding ourselves, day by day, that we will die teaches us to live. It allows us to know that the day to seek God, the day to repair relationships, the day to help others and bless the world around us is today—because it may be our last. Meditating on our mortality teaches us to live in light of the larger story of which we are a part, to locate our small joys or tragedies in the scope of eternity.”

the rule of st. benedict

Leader: We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and
strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We
have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

All: Have mercy on us, Lord.

Leader: We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved
your Holy Spirit.

All: Have mercy on us, Lord.

Leader: We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the
pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

All: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation
of other people,

All: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those
more fortunate than ourselves,

All: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and
our dishonesty in daily life and work,

All: We confess to you, Lord

Leader: Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to
commend the faith that is in us,

All: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our
indifference to injustice and cruelty,

All: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our
neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those
who differ from us,

All: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of
concern for those who come after us,

All: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;

All: Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Leader: Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

All: That we may show forth your glory in the world.

Leader: By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

All: Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

From dust you were created and dust you shall return.
Therefore go and consider yourself dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus.

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