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Ash Wednesday

Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite I

March 5, 2014, 7pm

Priest-in-Charge:  The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

As you enter this sacred space that has been set aside for time with God, join us in silence as we go to God in prayer.


Ringing of the Bell

The Word of God

Salutation                          The Lord be with you.

                                        And also with you.

                                         Let us pray.

Ash Wednesday Collect                                                              BCP 264

Old Testament Reading       Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Psalm                                Psalm 103                                         BCP 733

Epistle                               2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Sequence Hymn                 O day of God, draw nigh                        H 601

The Gospel                        Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

The Sermon                                                  The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

Invitation to the Observance of a Holy Lent                                  BCP 264


Imposition of Ashes                                                                   BCP 265

Psalm 51, said together                                                              BCP 266

Litany of Penance                                                                      BCP 267

The Peace


The Holy Communion

Eucharistic Prayer I                                                                   BCP 333

Sanctus                                                                                        S 114

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                     BCP 336

The Breaking of the Bread                                                          BCP 337

Fraction Anthem                O Lamb of God                                     S 158

The Communion of the People of God

Communion Hymn             Here, O my Lord                                   H 318

Post-Communion Prayer                                                            BCP 339

The Solemn Prayer over the People

Bow down before the Lord. Grant, most merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Closing Hymn                    Eternal Lord of love, behold your church   H 149







Welcome to St Peter’s!  Our hope is that you will find God’s love present with you in this place and that you will return here often to worship.


Our communion bread is gluten free. 


Our Lenten resource page is here –  Includes the background of Lent, the Lenten calendar with readings, resources, Lenten events.


Online Lenten Course – From March 5–12. The Rev. Dr. David Lose, professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, will teach a free 45 min. online course “Making Sense of the Cross.” Participants can take the class anytime during the week Signup


Saturday, March 8, 8:30AM until Noon, St. Mary’s Colonial Beach. “Healing Our Image of God,” led by Joanna Catron, Curator at Belmont. We will reflect on how God has been portrayed in art over the centuries and how our own thoughts have been shaped. 


Frog and Toad “, Lenten study on three Wednesday evenings (March 12, 19, 26, 7pm Parish House). They are the characters in a series of children’s books, written & illustrated by Arnold Lobel.  Themes covered include 1.  What it means to wait patiently in a world in which we expect instant results. 2. The true meaning of gluttony and face into the difficulties of the temptations that even the good things in our lives can bring to us.  3. The ups and downs of living in community, and how communities can be empowered by positive effort and persistence. Scripture and theology will be part of our study as well.


Bishop Goff will be with us on March 16. We will be celebrating the baptism of Michael Fox, son of Steven and Judy Fox as well as the reception of Chris and Becky Fisher. We invite you to a celebratory reception at the Parish house following this service honoring Michael, the Fishers and Bishop Goff.

———————————--This Week ————————————–

·   Wed., March 5-12 – “Making Sense of the Cross”  -online course

·   Thurs., March 6, 6:30pm –  Peumansend Regional Jail Bible Study

·   Sat., March 8, 8:30am – “Healing Our Image of God”, St. Mary’s

·   Sat., March 8, 8:30am – ECM at Horne’s

·   Sun., March 9, 11:00am – First Sunday in Lent

·   Wed., March 10, Vestry – 4:00pm

·   Wed., March 12, 10am –  Ecumenical Bible Study

·   Wed., March 12, 4:30pm –  Youth Group

·   Wed., March 12, 7pm   Frog and Toad” Lenten Study, Week 1

Lent– A Season of Repentance and Renewal


During Lent, we empty our worship space of the usual visual images in order to create simplicity, and as Patrick Malloy puts it, “to foster an interior openness in the assembly and a longing for the glory of God.”  


The use of a special processional cross is appropriate.  During medieval times in England, Lenten processional crosses were made of wood, and were painted a deep red.  Thanks to the craftsmanship of Helmut Linne von Berg, St Peter’s has its own Lenten processional cross, which we will be using during this season. 


The ashes that we receive on our foreheads tonight remind us of our mortality.  In the burial rite, we commit those who have died to the ground, ‘earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.’  We pray that the Lord will bless and keep those who have died, that the Lord will make his face shine upon them, will lift up his countenance upon them and will give them peace. 


We receive the ashes as an outward sign of our penitence as we come before the loving-kindness of God, knowing that only God can take away our sins, create clean hearts in us, renew a right spirit within us, and sustain us with God’s bountiful spirit.


We receive the ashes as a reminder that we live in relation to every other part of God’s creation, and that even in death our relationships with creation and with the creator  are being renewed,  even as our bodies return to dust. 


Ash Wednesday

Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion

March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday


ST. Peter’s Episcopal Church


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