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Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Lenten Pre-Service Psalms 32, 51, 54, 56, 57, 130, 143, 22 – Hymnal
Choir: “Just As I Am”TLH 140 st 1-5: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
The Invocation and Our Confession of Sins:
Lord God almighty, in this holy season, I come before You as spiritual dust and ashes – as an unworthy, judgment-deserving sinner coming before a holy and just God. Grant me a broken and contrite heart that confesses my many sins and ever turns to You for mercy and forgiveness. Lead me on my Lenten journey to the cross of Your Son. May I by faith find there what You promise – forgiveness, healing and salvation in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for my sins.
The Absolution (God’s Assurance of Forgiveness)
I lay my sins on Jesus, The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us, From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus, To wash my crimson satin
White in His blood most precious, Till not a spot remains.
The Reading of the Passion Story (According to the Four Evangelists)
Our Lenten Creed (Luther’s Explanation to the 2nd Article)
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true Man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil – not with gold or silver, but with His innocent suffering and death. All this He did that I should be His own and live under Him and his kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. Just as He is reisen from death, lives and rules to all eternity. This is most certainly true.TLH 157 : There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood
Sermon………………………………………………………………….John 18:13, 19-24
The Trials of Jesus: Before Annas: An Unnecessary Inquiry
13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Thou hast suffered men to bruise Thee, That from pain I might be free
Falsely did thy foes accuse Thee – Thence I gain security;
Comfortless Thy soul did languish, Me to comfort in My anguish.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus unto Thee.
The Lenten Offering
A Lenten Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
The Benediction (Sung “Amen”)TLH 47 : Savior Again to Thy Dear Name