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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

No sooner is Christmas over than we are dashing towards Ash wednesday and forty days of lent.

I am leading our service for lent this year and it is as follows:

Welcome

Start with images of the desert/sam brown music

Opening prayer
Marc: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
All: 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)

Paul: Worship song one

Marc D Reflection on giving things

Laraine: Lectio Divina, a meditation on the word Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

Paul Worship song

Imposition of the Ashes
Marc AC Explanation how it works and why we do it and to lead us into it.

Spent a bit of time in reflection with some Gregorian chant

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

Paul: Worship song 3

The Blessing
Lord, during this time of Lent, teach us how to pray, so that those for whom we pray may know your help, and that we may rely on you for all our needs. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The end