Ash Wed. March 2, 2022

Calvary Moravian Church                                   

Ash Wednesday

March 2, 7 p.m. 

Worship is also livestream to Calvary’s Facebook page and recorded later at our Youtube Channel.   Liturgies adapted and used with permission from Sanctified Art. (sanctifiedart.org)

Call to Worship

This day reminds us that from dust we come, 

To dust we return.   

Remind us that in life and in death, we belong to you, O God.  

On our best days and our worst days, we belong to you. 

Let us come into this sacred space with two intentions; to begin of journey of letting go and cultivating.   This journey has no deadlines.  Instead, let us feel called into a process of letting go of the doubts, fears and anxieties that keep us from being whole and that keep us from your presence, O Lord. 

Hear our prayers and bring us into your presence, O God.  

Allow us to practice opening space in our journey to cultivate your desires for our lives.  Work within us and through us, loving God, to cultivate a life of calm, confidence and hope.   

Hear our prayers and bring us into your presence, O God.  

Silent Prayer of Confession 

Creator God, You breathed life into dust.  You dreamed us up and brought us into existence.   The least we could do would be to follow you, but we often find ourselves distracted or captured by the very real feelings of doubt, fear and anxiety.   Call us into your presence.  

Cultivate new seeds of calm and confidence by your everlasting hope.   Remind us that in life and in death, we belong to you.  On our best days and on our worst days, we belong to you.  Breath new life into us, O God.   Amen.  

Hymn 494, Breathe on Me, Breath of God (v. 1, 2, 4)

Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. 

Creating Sacred Space to Let Go 

I am here. God is here. This space is holy ground. 

What else is here?  
Naming our Fears, Anxieties and Doubts. 

Hymn 757. Be Still My Soul.  

Letting Go of Fears, Anxieties and Doubts.  

Naming, Relenting, Letting Go: 

1.  On white paper provided, write down a fear, anxiety,   or doubt that you have and that you would like to work through this Lenten season.   Our first act of “Letting Go” will be following this service, as we take these fears, anxieties or doubts and burn them outside.  

If you would like to write it down here as well to take home, please do so:  

2.  On the autumnal (red, yellow, orange or fall-colored) paper provided, write this fear, anxiety or doubt again (or another one).  This will be a part of our Lenten art project tree, and you can fold it and turn it in at the end of worship in the offering plate.   

Opening Hearts: Creating Sacred Space to Cultivate  

Scripture:  Psalm 51 

“Create in Me a Clean Heart”   pg. 79 

Cultivating Space for Growth and God: 

This Sunday, we will continue from this space of letting go into a space of cultivating.  Take a moment to think; what do you want to cultivate this Lent?  Is there something you can do to cultivate calm, confidence and hope; our foci this season?   Where do you want to grow?    

If you will not be here on Sunday, March 6, feel free to participate now by also writing down what you hope to cultivate on the “spring colored” origami paper.

Benediction: 

From dust we come, 

Letting Go we return to our true home. 

To dust we return, 

Cultivating, we remember we are God’s children.   

Postlude

Please come to the back of the sanctuary to receive the ashes if so desired.  

Mask Policy:  Starting March 1, masks will be optional within Calvary Moravian Church.  We welcome individuals to wear masks if desired.  As part of a community that cares for each other, please do not come into the building if you have a fever or are experiencing any COVID/flu-like symptoms.   Our worship space will maintain its distancing with seating only in every other pew.   Please direct any questions to Pastor Janel or members of our Jt. Board. 

Upcoming Worship: 10:45 a.m. 

March 6: First Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion 

March 13: Anniversary Lovefeast with special music from 

“The Benny Band”. 

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