Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Ash Sunday prayers of confession and forgivness

Prayers of confession based on Psalm 51
Stf 424 is God forgave my sins in Jesus name

Holy and merciful God we confess to you and to one another
That we have sinned through our own fault
We have sinned against you and others
In thought, and word and deed
In what we have done and failed to do
STF 424 Verse 1
Have mercy on me, O God,
  according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
  blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
  and cleanse me from my sin.
STF 424 Verse 1
For I know my transgressions,
  and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
  and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
  and blameless when you pass judgement.

Prayer of forgiveness to be read responsively
I have but hope in you
You lord are my only refuge
I freely seek to live the life of forgiveness
I freely seek to live the life of love
I will freely follow the path of Christ your son
I give thanks that is your nature to shine with mercy
I give thank that you are the God of forgiveness
I stand in awe at the cost you bore to pay for my sin
I weep for the pain you bore to pay for my sin
STF 424 refrain

All of this you did so I could come to your holy mountain
All of this so you could call me child
All of this so I can stand saved
STF 424 refrain

You have forgiven me – alleluia
You have cleansed me -  alleluia
You have welcomed me – alleluia

Send me with great alleluia to spread your word 

Prayer to God

Prayers to God from Joel 2:1-17

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
call a solemn assembly;
   gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
   assemble the aged;
gather the children,
   even infants

For when people gather in my name I am with them
When forgiveness spring forth I am there
When people see my glory they repent
They become my children
Of them I am proud of them 

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
   sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
   for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—
a day of darkness and gloom,
   a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread upon the mountains

He has descend his holy mountain to reach his people
The Lord our God had walked the mortal life to reach us
He ascended Calvary’s hill to save us
He suffered upon the cross to show us real forgiveness
He died and rose again to call his children home
The son of man did all this so heaven and earth will shine forth his glory

Yet even now, says the Lord,
   return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
   rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
   for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

If they only we loved one another
If they we’d listen to Gods word
If only we’d gladly accept His holy sprit
If only we had eye to see and ear to hear

Between the vestibule and the altar
   let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.
Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord,

For God is our refuge of old
He is are hope and security
Upon him build your life
For his forgiveness is eternal
He will never forsake us
He will never abandon us
God will never forget to forgive  

He is our salvation 

Ash Sunday Oos

Order of service:

Call to worship: Romans 10: 9-13

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

   Prayers to God

Today we are marking a time of self-reflection and seeking Gods forgiveness but duering this time let us never forget the wonder and glory of God

Hymn: StF 82: How great though art (oh lord my God)

MBW P141: Para 3
MWB P142: Para 4
MWB P142 para 5 (read collectively)4

We hear are marking the decent of God from his holy mount to Calvary’s hill, never forgetting he is the rock upon which all creation relies – let us rejoice that God  love is steadfast and will hold us forever 

Hymn: Stf 645 Will your anchor hold

Prayer of adoration Companion to the lectionary 3: p64

Reading: Matthew 17: 1-9
Reading: Matthew 6 5-15 -19-21

Sermon: Down from the mountain to Calvary

This is the start of a time of penitence- a time when in the word of the 3rd verse we realise how small the debt owed to us and how great the debt we owe to God

Hymn: Stf 423: Forgive our sins as we forgive

MWB: P146 para16
Word to be on the screen in yellow
(before the cross) I have sinned, I have come to repent and give my life back to the lord
(after the cross) I have been forgiven; God has given me life anew
MWB: P147 para17 (a)

Let us leave filled with the grace of the lord, repentant and reformed, knowing not the work of our hands has saved us but the endless grace of God

Hymn: StF 434 rock of ages