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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH THE ORDER OF DIVINE SERVICE

(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) FOR


LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
ASH WEDNESDAY
March 9, 2011

ASH WEDNESDAY
Pre-Service Music
PRAYER UPON ENTERING CHURCH
Lighting of the Chancel Candles
Gracious and merciful God and Lord, You bid me to rend my heart and return to You.
Through Your perfect Law I am shown my sin which separates me from You. It shows me my Prelude I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ [BWV 639] - J.S. Bach
need to be truly contrite and repent of my transgressions. Through Your Gospel I am then shown
Your forgiveness and the perfect righteousness that You freely give to me through Your Son, Ringing of the Church Bell
Jesus Christ. Guide and direct me throughout this penitential season of Lent. Strengthen me in
my faith toward You and in my love toward my neighbor. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen Please rise and face the processional cross.

WELCOME Processional Hymn: Savior, When in Dust to Thee LSB 419


Welcome to this Divine Service. We observe Ash Wednesday today as we once more
begin our yearly pilgrimage to the cross and there behold the great love the Father has for us as
He sent His only Son to be the once and for all sacrifice for our sins. May this Season of Lent be
for you an opportunity to rejoice in your Baptisms and grow in faith and service to the Lord.
Confession and Absolution
As We Gather this evening the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments serves
as the Old Testament Reading. We are reminded by the Law of God that we are sinners in need The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
of His mercy and forgiveness. St. Paul in the Epistle Reading points out that “if it had not been
for the law, I would not have known sin.” Then in our Gospel reading from St. Matthew, Jesus Invocation
points out that all of the commandments can be summarized by the two great commandments
which call us to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
ourselves. C Amen
Our Mid-Week Lenten Series is entitled “Christ in the strangest places: Foreshadowed,
Fulfilled, Forever.” There are many themes throughout the Old Testament that point to the Pastoral Address
central theme in all of Holy Scripture which is God’s revelation of His plan of salvation. This
P Dear brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day the Church begins a holy
series will focus on some of the lesser-known Old Testament passion themes and focuses on them
season of prayerful and penitential reflection. Our attention is especially directed to the
by means of single words. The word this evening is “Mine.”
holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
HOLY COMMUNION
From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-
Tonight we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In this Sacrament we receive the very body and denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on His
blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Word and draws from it life and hope.
If you are not a member of Grace Congregation we ask that you first speak with our Pastor so that
the unity of faith may be established. Thank you for honoring this request. Both individual cups Let us pray that our dear Father in heaven, for the sake of His beloved Son and in the
and the common cup will be used during the Distribution. Please turn to page 16 to see the power of His Holy Spirit, might richly bless this Lententide for us so that we may come to
Easter with glad hearts and keep the feast in sincerity and truth.
Service note for instructions regarding reception of the Sacrament this evening.

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Exhortation Hebrews 10:22; Psalm 124:8; Psalm 32:5 P God the Father in heaven,
C have mercy.
P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our P God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. C have mercy.
P Our help is in the name of the Lord, P God the Holy Spirit,
C who made heaven and earth. C have mercy.
P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, P Be gracious to us.
C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. C Spare us, good Lord.
P Be gracious to us.
Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination. C Help us, good Lord.
P From all sin, from all error, from all evil;
From the crafts and assaults of the devil; from sudden and evil death;
Confession of Sins
From pestilence and famine; from war and bloodshed; from sedition and from rebellion;
From lightning and tempest; from all calamity by fire and water; and from everlasting
P O almighty God, merciful Father,
death:
C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I
C Good Lord, deliver us.
have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment.
But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of P By the mystery of Your holy incarnation; by Your holy nativity;
Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and By Your baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your
death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial;
sinful being. By Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the
Comforter:
[John 20:19–23] C Help us, good Lord.
P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of
the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the P In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the
day of judgment:
command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father
and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Help us, good Lord.
C Amen P We poor sinners implore You
C to hear us, O Lord.

The Litany P To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of
Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to
P O Lord, sustain them in holy living;
C have mercy. To put an end to all schisms and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who
have erred and are deceived;
P O Christ, To beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to
C have mercy. accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit:
P O Lord, C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
C have mercy. P To raise those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; and to comfort and help the
P O Christ, weakhearted and the distressed:
C hear us. C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

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P To give to all peoples concord and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to P Let us pray.
give our country Your protection in every time of need; Almighty and everlasting God, You despise nothing You have made and forgive the sins
To direct and defend our president and all in authority; to bless and protect our of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts that lamenting our sins and
magistrates and all our people; acknowledging our wretchedness we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness;
To watch over and help all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to protect and through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
guide all who travel; Spirit, one God, now and forever.
To grant all women with child, and all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness C Amen
in their blessings; to defend all orphans and widows and provide for them;
To strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and
to have mercy on us all: Sit
C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
P To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers and to turn their hearts; to give and
Anthem Create in Me – Scott Hyslop
preserve for our use the kindly fruits of the earth; and graciously to hear our prayers:
C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
P Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
C we implore You to hear us. Service of the Word
P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
C have mercy. Old Testament Reading Exodus 20:1–20
P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
C have mercy. And God spoke all these words, saying,
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, slavery.
C grant us Your peace. “You shall have no other gods before me.
P O Christ, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in
C hear us. heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall
not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the
P O Lord, iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate
C have mercy. me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my
P O Christ, commandments.
C have mercy. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him
guiltless who takes his name in vain.
P O Lord, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your
C have mercy. Amen work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any
work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your
livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven
Salutation and Collect of the Day and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD
blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
P The Lord be with you. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD
C And also with you. your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.

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“You shall not steal. Epistle Romans 7:7–13, 24–25
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the
his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had
neighbor’s.” not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment,
Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive
trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very
off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity
lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the
fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death
P This is the Word of the Lord. in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the
C Thanks be to God. commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with
Psalm Psalm 119:105–112 my flesh I serve the law of sin.

P Your word is a lamp to my feet P This is the Word of the Lord.


C and a light to my path. C Thanks be to God.
P I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
C to keep your righteous rules. Stand
P I am severely afflicted;
C give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
Verse Joel 2:13b
P Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,
C and teach me your just decrees.
P Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and
P I hold my life in my hand continually, abounding in steadfast love.
C but I do not forget your law.
P The wicked have laid a snare for me,
C but I do not stray from your precepts. Holy Gospel Matthew 22:34–40

P Your testimonies are my heritage forever, P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.
C for they are the joy of my heart.
P I incline my heart to perform your statutes
C forever, to the end.
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, When the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
is now, and will be forever. Amen And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great
commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first

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commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these Sit
two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord. Sermon Hymn: Christ, the Life of All the Living LSB 420

Sermon Exodus 20:17


“Mine!”

Nicene Creed Stand

C I believe in one God,


the Father Almighty, Offertory Psalm 51:10–12
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, Sit
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead Offering Christ, the Life of All the Living - J.S. Bach
and the life T of the world to come. Amen

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Stand

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to
their needs.

Each petition ends with the following:

P Lord, in Your mercy, Proper Preface


C hear our prayer.
P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks
The prayers conclude with the following: to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who
overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with
P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity
through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we
C Amen laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9


Service of the Sacrament

Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; Colossians 3:1 Psalm 136

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Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9–13 The Words of Our Lord Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24;
Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

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Pax Domini John 20:19 Distribution

Service Note: Both Individual Cups and the Common Cup will be offered during Distribution. Those
wishing to commune using an Individual Cup are asked to take one from the Elder and hold it until the
Pastor passes with the Common Cup. As the Pastor says, “Take and drink,” then do so. The Common
Cup will be given to those not holding an Individual Cup.

Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray LSB 623


Hymn: Chief of Sinners Though I Be LSB 611
Hymn: I Lay My Sins on Jesus LSB 606
Hymn: O Lord, throughout These Forty Days LSB 418
Hymn: What Wondrous Love Is This LSB 543
Agnus Dei John 1:29
Stand

Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:29–32

Sit

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Benedicamus Psalm 103:1

Thanksgiving Psalm 107:1

Benediction Numbers 6:24–26

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary
gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same
in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Salutation 2 Timothy 4:22 Closing Hymn: Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus LSB 685

Postlude Postlude in g [BWV 558] - J.S. Bach

T T T

Acknowledgments
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©
2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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THOSE WHO SERVE

Pastor: Rev. James C. Walter


Director of Parish Music: Nathan Beethe
Acolyte: Cole Hill
Crucifer: Perryn Andrews
Communion Assistant: Jim Keppel
Choir: Adult Choir
Ushers: Terry Bradshaw, Mark Cate
Gary Goldsby, Jim Marvin
Altar Guild: Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter
Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer

Our thanks to the Board of Parish Fellowship for serving the Lenten dinner this evening.

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