Ash Wednesday 2013

Miramar United Methodist Church

Ash Wednesday Service of Worship

Feb. 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

The worshipers arrive in silence.

Please ensure all electronic devices are also silenced. Thank you.




The Lord be with you.

And also with you.



Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the maker of heaven and earth. (from Psalm 121, 124)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for we shall praise him, our help and our God. (from Psalm 42)


HYMN 292                                             What Wondrous Love Is This



Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Teach us, Lord, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (from Psalm 90)


SCRIPTURE READING                                            Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17


Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 read in unison:

‘Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.* And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust* consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust* consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


HYMN 297                                                  Beneath the Cross of Jesus


REFLECTION                        When we’re estranged from God”


PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Psalm 51 from the hymnbook 785


HYMN 382                                                          Have Thine Own Way



We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and calls us to place our hope in God alone. I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.





Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. May these ashes be for us a sign of our frailty and penitence, and a reminder that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


You are welcome to come forward to receive the ashes

on your bared forehead or the palm of your hand.



Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors.

In this season of repentance,

restore to us the joy of our salvation;

strengthen us to face our mortality,

that we may reach with confidence for your mercy;

in Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.


Everyone who seeks the Lord’s grace this Lenten season is invited to come, kneel at the altar rail in prayer, and receive the bread and the wine.


*Hymn of Commitment 269        Lord, Who Throughout These  

                                                                                          Forty Days




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