First Day of Lent – March 2, 2022

Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King, Bradford, Massachusetts

Service of Repentance

Opening Prayer:  Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 486       God, Be Merciful to Me                                                                                                REDHEAD 76

A Time for Prayers of Repentance

Scripture Readings    Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm 51:1-17 – hymnal page 804

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Meditation on Scripture

Lenten Song                                                                                                   TALLIS CANON

Throughout these Lenten days and nights we turn to walk the inward way,

Where, meeting Christ, our guide and light, we live in hope till Easter day.

The pilgrim Christ, the Lamb of God, who found in weakness greater power,

Embraces us though lost and flawed, and leads us to his rising hour.

We bear in silence, cross and pain of human burdens, human strife,

While sisters, brothers help sustain our courage till the feast of life.

And though the road is hard and steep, the Spirit ever calls us on,

Through Calvary’s dying, dark and deep, until we see the coming dawn.

So let us choose the path of One who wore for us the crown of thorn,

And slept in death that we might wake to life on Resurrection Morn!

A Time for Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving

Hymn 254       Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed                                             MARTYRDOM



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