Ash Wednesday 2021

PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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Fasting and putting on sackcloth and ashes have been symbols of repentance for centuries. When we are distressed by guilt or sickness or calamity, these outward signs are like prayers seen by God, accompanying our prayers that are heard by God. They are saying, "God, look at me! Hear my cry! Help!" To which prayers, offered in Jesus' name, he replies, "I have heard your prayer and the plea you have made before me.”

THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.

We also accept offerings electronically.  If you prefer, or are worshipping using Facebook Live, you may use PayPal, as found on our website ( or Facebook page ( to submit your offerings.

OPENING HYMN:  440 “Jesus, I Will Ponder Now” (1-2)
Jesus, I will ponder now On Your holy passion; With Your Spirit me endow For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith May the image cherish Of Your suff'ring, pain, and death That I may not perish.
Make me see Your great distress, Anguish, and affliction, Bonds and stripes and wretchedness And Your crucifixion:

Make me see how scourge and rod, Spear and nails did wound You, How for them You died, O God, Who with thorns had crowned You.

P.    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

P. Lord God, ruler of the universe, heaven is your throne and the earth is your footstool.

C. We fall at your feet and worship you.

P. Lord Jesus, savior of the world, sin and death are in subjection under your feet.

C. We fall at your feet and worship you.

P. Lord Spirit, guide of our lives, you lead our feet in the way of salvation.

C. We fall at your feet and worship you.

P. Lord Jesus, you have forgiven us much because you have loved us much.

C. Teach us also to love and forgive ourselves as well as others.  Amen.

P. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
C. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
P. The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
C. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
P. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.
C. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
P. “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
C. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
P. “The word that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to me empty,” says the Lord. “It shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
C. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Those wishing to receive ashes form a single file in the center aisle.
After the ashes have been received, the pastor continues.

P.    May these ashes be an outward symbol of true repentance, calling you to faith in Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection takes away all sin and grants eternal life.

C.    Amen.

HYMN:  440 “Jesus, I Will Ponder Now” (3-4)
Yet, O Lord, not thus alone Make me see Your passion, But its cause to me make known And its termination. Ah! I also and my sin Wrought Your deep affliction; This indeed the cause has been Of Your crucifixion.
Grant that I Your passion view With repentant grieving, Let me not bring shame to You By unholy living. How could I refuse to shun Ev'ry sinful pleasure Since for me God's only Son Suffered without measure?

P. Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
C. Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!
P. I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins.
C. I have sinned against you—only you—and done what you consider evil.
P. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me.
C. I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
P. Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.
C. Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
P. Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness; and though you have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.
C. Close your eyes to my sins and wipe out all my evil.
P. Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.
C. Do not banish me from your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me.
P. Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,
C. and make me willing to obey you.

Lord Jesus, you once prayed for us in the Garden of Gethsemane asking pardon for our sins.  Help us, by the power of your Spirit, to face our sins and turn to you, the One in whom forgiveness is found.  In your precious name we pray.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Joel 2:12-19
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing — grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.  Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.  Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.  Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”  Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people.
  The LORD will reply to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.      

THE SECOND LESSON:  1 John 1:4-9
We write this to make our joy complete.
  This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.      

HYMN: 440 “Jesus, I Will Ponder Now” (5-6)
If my sins give me alarm And my conscience grieve me, Let Your cross my fear disarm; Peace of conscience give me. Help me see forgiveness won By Your holy passion. If for me He slays His Son, God must have compassion!
Graciously my faith renew; Help me bear my crosses, Learning humbleness from You, Peace mid pain and losses. May I give You love for love! Hear me, O my Savior, That I may in heav'n above Sing Your praise forever.

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  John 3:14-21
    Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”      

HYMN: 701 “Draw Us To Thee”
Draw us to Thee, For then shall we Walk in Thy steps forever And hasten on Where Thou art gone To be with Thee, dear Savior.
Draw us to Thee, Lord, lovingly; Let us depart with gladness That we may be Forever free From sorrow, grief, and sadness.
Draw us to Thee; O grant that we May walk the road to heaven! Direct our way Lest we should stray And from Thy paths be driven.
Draw us to Thee That also we Thy heav'nly bliss inherit And ever dwell Where sin and hell No more can vex our spirit.
Draw us to Thee Unceasingly, Into Thy kingdom take us; Let us fore’er Thy glory share, Thy saints and joint heirs make us.

A LENTEN HOMILY: “The Mood Changes”


P. Since we have a High Priest who has gone before us, by whom we have access to the throne of grace, drawing near with full confidence let us join in fervent prayer:

C. Forgive us, Father, and show us what to do.

P. That the Church of Jesus Christ may be a place where the Gospel is both spoken and enacted, proclaimed in word and deed, let us join in fervent prayer:

C. Forgive us, Father, and show us what to do.

P. That the citizens of our nations, and our leaders, may acknowledge wrong where it exists and may work diligently to remove its causes and correct the problems it has wrought, let us join in fervent prayer:

C. Forgive us, Father, and show us what to do.

P. That God’s redeeming health may be made manifest especially among those who have been abused or neglected, harmed or hindered, stricken or saddened, forbidden or forsaken, let us join in fervent prayer:

C. Forgive us, Father, and show us what to do.

P. And that we who must return to dust may not despair in our mortality, but may be given grace in Jesus Christ to rise again to everlasting life, let us join in fervent prayer:

C. Forgive us, Father, and show us what to do.  Amen.

P. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lead you as you take up your cross to follow him. The Lord grant you salvation and guide your feet in the way of peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  439 “O Dearest Jesus” (1-3)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, What dark transgression?
They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee; With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee; They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee; They crucify Thee.
Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish? It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish; Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit, This I do merit.

February 24
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.
March 3
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m..
March 10
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.
March 17
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.
April 24
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m..
Palm Sunday Worship, March 28
Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 1
Worship at 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 2
Worship at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunrise Worship Service at 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Celebration Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

  August 2021  
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