Pigeon River Mennonite Church
Ash Wednesday Service February 17, 2021 at 7 pm Prelude: Singing at the Fire: Voices of Anabaptist Martyrs “Come, thou Holy Spirit, come” #9

Welcome & Introduction                                                                Pastor Dave


Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 130:1-6)                              Pastor Dave

           Leader: Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord.                               

           People: Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

           Leader: If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, Who could stand?

           People: But with you there is forgiveness; And for that we revere you.

           Leader: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in God’s word I put my hope.

           People: My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning,

           All: more than those who watch for the morning.


Hymn HWB #136 “From the Depths of Sin”                           Leslie Eberly


Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12                                                  Pastor Bill




Psalm of Confession                                                                                              Pastor Bill

Leader:           Have mercy on me, O God, according to your

steadfast love;

                                according to your abundant mercy blot out my


North:            Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me

from my sin.

                             For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before


South:             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 judgment.

All:                 Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Leader:           Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother

conceived me.     You desire truth in the inward being;

therefore, teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

North:              Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me,

and I shall be whiter than snow.

South:            Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you

have crushed  rejoice. Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquities.

All:                 Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Leader:           Create in me a clean heart, O God, Put a new and right

spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your

presence, do not take your holy spirit from me.

North:            Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me

a willing spirit.

South:          Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and

sinners will return to you.

All:                 Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my

salvation,  and my tongue will sing aloud of your


North:            O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your


South:          For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give

a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

All:                   The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit, a

broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.




Hymn SJ #47 “O Lord Have Mercy”                                       Leslie Eberly


The Meaning of the Ashes                                                              Pastor Dave


The Lord’s Prayer (trespasses)                                                     Pastor Dave


Reflective Music: Singing at the Fire: Voices of Anabaptist Martyrs “Trauren will ich stehen lassen” #6-    “I Want to Leave Some Marks”


Imposition of Ashes (Extend your hand if you prefer not to have ashes on your forehead) Pastors Dave & Bill


Litany of Penitence                                                                          Pastor Dave

Leader: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: From our pride, vanity and hypocrisy and from all our evil


People: Deliver us.

Leader: From our envy and malice and from our hardness of heart

People: Deliver us.

Leader: From our laziness, worldliness and our lack of


People: Deliver us.

Leader: From our love of money, our hoarding of possessions and

our relentless desire to accumulate more

People: Deliver us.

Leader: From the lust for sexual pleasure that obscures the true

gift of love in us and in others

People: Deliver us.

Leader: From the gorging of food, the indulging of our appetites

and our neglect of the hungry

People: Deliver us.

Leader: From our hatred, anger, quick temper and from our

reluctance to be reconciled with those we have hurt

People: Deliver us.

Leader: Give us true repentance.  Forgive us our sins of negligence

and ignorance as well as our deliberate sins. And grant us

the grace of your Holy Spirit to change our lives for the

better according to your holy word.

ALL:    Hear our prayer, O Lord. Amen.


Words of Assurance                                                                       Pastor Dave

God wants truth in the most hidden places and teaches wisdom in the most secret spaces.

Creating for us clean hearts, God puts a new, faithful spirit deep inside us!

Thus, receive today God’s bountiful mercy and grace.


Hymn HWB #143     “Amazing Grace”                                       Leslie Eberly


Benediction                                                                                            Pastor Bill

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