The Sin-Drowning Sea

The Sin-Drowning Sea

The Sermon: Micah 7:19

“He will have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depth of the sea.”

The Sin-Drowning Sea

Listen to the sermon:

 

Micah 7:19 "He will have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depth of the sea.

Ash Wednesday, February 18 – 6:30 p.m.

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 51

On this Ash Wednesday there is no better way to begin the Lenten season than with a heartfelt confession of our sins, a fervent plea for mercy before the throne of grace & a divine assurance of complete forgiveness in Christ. As you read this Psalm note the many and varied forgiveness assurances. 

Opening Choir Chorales – “Jesus I Will Ponder Now”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; 
Accompanist: Audra Wiste)

1 Jesus, I will ponder now  On Thy holy Passion; With Thy Spirit me endow  For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith  May the image cherish
Of Thy suff’ring, pain, and death  That I may not perish.

2 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?

3 If my sins give me alarm  And my conscience grieves me, Let Thy cross my fear disarm,  Peace of conscience give me. Grant that I may trust in Thee  and Thy holy Passion. If His Son so loveth me,  God must have compassion.

The Opening Hymn  LSB 438 (v: A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth Hymnary.org link

The Invocation

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

C: Amen.

Our Lenten Expression Of Repentance & Faith

C: Lord Jesus, as we again hear and meditate upon the Passion Story, we see ourselves in Your disciples. Beset by trials and temptations, fears and failures – we also are slow to understand, prone to doubt, even in various ways denying and betraying You. Yet, Your covenant of love and mercy has not failed us. The Lord laid upon You the iniquity of us all. Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross did suffer, all sins You bore for us, else had despair reigned over us. Have mercy on us. O Jesus.

The Absolution

P: Lent brings us the assurance from heaven that “God has seen the suffering of His Son and is satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2).

Sung Response (Hymn LSB 435 V 1 & 4: Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain Hymnary.org link )

♫  Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, Sinners ruined by the fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain  Flows for you, for me, for all,
In a full, perpetual tide,  Opened when our Savior died.

They that drink shall live forever,  ‘Tis a soul renewing flood.
God is faithful, God will never  break his covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,  Sealed when He was glorified.

A Reading of the Passion Story (According To The Four Evangelists)

The Upper Room

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 holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. All this He did that I should be His own and live under Him in his kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. Just as He is risen from death, lives and rules to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

The Pre-Sermon Hymn  LSB 418 : O Lord, throughout These Forty Days Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ……………….… Micah 7:19

“He will have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depth of the sea.”

The Sin-Drowning Sea

Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

Our Sung Response (Hymn LSB 440 V 1: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now Hymnary.org link )

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.

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.

Benediction ♫ Amen

Closing Hymn  LSB 877 v 1, 3-4: God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements