Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021


Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

PreludeShana Tovaby Ilana Yahav – Time to show some compassion… שנה טובה תשפ”א- זמן חמלה

Welcome & prayer

Hymn #140 – Out of the depths I cry to you
Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Response Poem: Every Riven Thing
by Christian Wiman

God goes, belonging to every riven thing he’s made
sing his being simply by being
the thing it is:
stone and tree and sky,
man who sees and sings and wonders why

God goes. Belonging, to every riven thing he’s made,
means a storm of peace.
Think of the atoms inside the stone.
Think of the man who sits alone
trying to will himself into a stillness where

God goes belonging. To every riven thing he’s made
there is given one shade
shaped exactly to the thing itself:
under the tree a darker tree;
under the man the only man to see

God goes belonging to every riven thing. He’s made
the things that bring him near,
made the mind that makes him go.
A part of what man knows,
apart from what man knows,

God goes belonging to every riven thing he’s made.

Hymn #715 – Longing for light
Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12
Response Meditation: This little light of mine
arr. Calvin Taylor

Hymn #147 – Kyrie eleison
Scripture: Psalm 51:1-17
Response: Prayer of Confession
(Voices Together #897)

God of mercy,
we are sorry that we have not always done what you wanted us to do.
We have not loved you with all our heart,
and we have not cared enough for other people.
Forgive us through Jesus. Amen

Hymn #304 – Sign us with ashes, merciful God
Scripture: John 12:20-30
Response: Reflecting with flour

Benediction (Voices Together #918)

Leader: Remember: we are earth,

People: and to earth we shall return;

Leader: we are ashes,

People: and to ashes we shall return;

Leader: we are dust,

People: and to dust we shall return;

Leader: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Leader: Remember:
the One who breathed life into dust recreates us;
the One whose feet walked the earth journeys with us;
the One whose embers glow in ashes becomes in us a living flame.

Worship Leader – Shawn Rodriguez
Scripture Readers – Chuck Gibson & Lynne Sancken
Musicians – Pastor Deb, Story Singers (Longing for Light)
Poetry Reader – Matt Yoder
Technician – Phil Martens