Ash Wednesday: 01 March – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 ~ your Father sees everything

Ash Wednesday: 01 March 2017

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this season of Christian service, so that, as we take up the battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (NLT)

Teaching about Privacy and Giving

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Teaching about Privacy and Prayer

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
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Teaching about Privacy and Fasting

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
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Prayer:

Father in heaven: you see it all – whether it’s done in public or private – nothing is hidden from you. Search my heart today as I begin this Lenten season –

+ that my giving may reflect your generosity to me
+ that my prayer may reveal the fault lines of my faith
+ that my fasting may restore proper balance in my life

Father in heaven: fill me with your Spirit and guide me through this Lenten season – that I may do what is right in your sight, and do so willingly and joyfully. Through Jesus Christ, your Son and my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
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“Once And For All” – Lauren Daigle

God I give You all I can today | These scattered ashes that I hid away | I lay them all at Your feet |From the corners of my deepest shame | The empty places where I’ve worn Your name | Show me the love I say I believe

Oh Help me to lay it down | Oh Lord I lay it down |Oh let this be where I die | My lord with thee crucified | Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall | Once and for all, once and for all

There is victory in my Saviors loss | And In the crimson flowing from the cross | Pour over me, pour over me yes |Oh let this be where I die | My lord with thee crucified | Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall | Once and for all, once and for all
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Closing:

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.” – Isaiah 42:1-4

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Format adapted from Lectio Divina: USCCB Lenten Resources, 2017



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