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Liturgy - Ash Wednesday

A Liturgy for Ash Wednesday

(Use all or part, add hymns, readings etc as you see fit)

Opening Prayer

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
ALL: His love endures forever

Into your presence we come, Lord
a few moments of quietness
in a busy world
that demands our attention
Breathe on us now
that we might know your presence
and your power
to see this day though


A Psalm

(These verses from Psalm 51 are effective when read by three persons, but can equally be shared between two)

A - Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;

B - According to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

C - Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

A - For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

B - Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,

C - So that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

A - Create in me a pure heart, O God,

B - And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

C - O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

A - You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

B - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

C - A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Confession and Forgiveness

In the blazing light of your love
our failings are illuminated
our failure to give
our failure to love
our failure to follow
our failure to serve
our failure to be the people
you would have us be.
Forgive us and renew us.
You know our nature
know our failings
Enfold us in your arms
that we might daily know
your forgiveness and healing love.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness. Psalm 103.8

The Lord’s Prayer

We say together the words of the Lord's Prayer.
All: Our Father…


Reading - Matthew 6:1-21

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a generosity of service
That gives without counting cost
A life overflowing with Grace
Poured out from the One
Who gave everything
That we might show
The power of love
To a broken world
And share the truth
From a living Word
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a yearning to share it


May we know the love of the heavenly Father deep in our hearts
May we understand our significance in the centre of His family,
and the bonds that hold us so close as brother and sister
May we understand the lengths that He was prepared to go for all mankind
and freely respond in the Today which he has given for us to cherish.
All: Amen
Let us bless the Lord.
ALL: Thanks be to God.


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