getting out the WORD - ash wednesday PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[Jesus said to the disciples:] "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen... ."

Matthew 6:1-6 , Matthew 6:16-21

the DEVOTION...
For the past century or so, the prayer for this day's been the same: "Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent... ." That last phrase makes it sound like god forgives, but only if! Only if we, first, confess our sins... Only if we, first, say we're sorry... Only if we, first, ask for forgiveness... If we don't do that? Well, forgiveness never comes! God watches... and god waits... nothing more than a spectator...

But maybe that's why, ten years ago, in the latest hymnal, an alternative was added... the prayer of the day printed above! In it - beginning to end, start to finish - god does everything! Breathing into dust! Creating to serve! Calling forth prayers and acts of kindness! Strengthening to face mortality! It's all GOD'S work! All GOD'S doing! And before we do anything, GOD'S ALREADY DONE IT! Ash Wednesday isn't a demand! Like everything else, it's a gift and god forgives! Not because we're penitent, but because that's the kind of god we have! Or rather, that's the kind of god who has us!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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