Come and Celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, with Us

Join Us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14th, for our Noon Ash Wednesday Service. Our Service begins at 12:00 PM. We will not be Streaming the Service Online. Our Officiant for our Ash Wednesday Service, will be Father Ken Dorsch. During the Service, we will have the Distribution of the Ashes, to mark the beginning of the penitential Season of Lent. Come and Celebrate the Start of Lent, with Us.

The Collect:

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.

Psalm: Psalm 103 or 103:8-14

[Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
       and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
       and forget not all his benefits.
He forgives all your sins *
       and heals all your infirmities;
He redeems your life from the grave *
       and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
He satisfies you with good things, *
       and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness *
       and judgment for all who are oppressed.
He made his ways known to Moses *
       and his works to the children of Israel.]
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
       slow to anger and of great kindness.
He will not always accuse us, *
       nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
       nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
       so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
       so far has he removed our sins from us.
13 As a father cares for his children, *
       so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
       he remembers that we are but dust.
[15 Our days are like the grass; *
       we flourish like a flower of the field;
16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
       and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever
                               on those who fear him, *
       and his righteousness on children’s children;
18 On those who keep his covenant *
       and remember his commandments and do them.
19 The Lord has set his throne in heaven, *
       and his kingship has dominion over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you angels of his,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
       and hearken to the voice of his word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you his hosts, *
       you ministers of his who do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
    in all places of his dominion; *
       bless the Lord, O my soul.]

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

5“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

16“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Giving without Receiving