Ash Wednesday

Penitence and discipline

      Return to the Lord your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Joel 2:13
      Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, Ash Wednesday
      Let us pray [that we may keep a true fast.]
      Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. Help us to honour you by our self-denial and make this season holy. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and one another: call forth our penitence and acts of love, and strengthen us to face our mortality, so that we may look with confidence for your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      Call to repentance and fasting.   Joel 2:1-17   2:1-2, 12-17
      God hears the oppressed.   Isaiah 58:1-14   58:1-12 (alternate reading)
      Lord Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.   Psalm 51:1-17  
      Be reconciled to God.   2 Corinthians 6:1-13   5:20b-6:10
      Almsgiving, prayer and fasting.   Matthew 6:1-18   6:1-6, 16-21
Supplementary readings
      Daniel's prayer.   Daniel 9:3-19   9:3-6, 15-19
      The personal life of a child of God.   1 Timothy 6:6-19  
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
Hymn or Chorus first line
Tunes and sources
Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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