Intro: Senzenina What have we done?
Introduction: For many centuries Christians have remembered the time of the last days of the life of Jesus until his death with great devotion. It has become a custom to fast and set aside time to pray. This time was particularly set aside for those who were preparing for baptism. Today I invite you to join in this tradition and with people throughout the world, to give yourselves during this time of Lent to prayer, fasting and to reading the Bible and meditating on the Christian way of life.
Reading: Psalm 86
L: This is the Word of the Lord.
A: Thanks be to God
A: Eternal God, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in what we have thought, said and done, through ignorance, weakness and our own deliberate fault. We have wounded others and you and ourselves and marred your image in us. We are truly sorry and repent. Forgive us all that is past and lead us from darkness to walk as children of the light. Amen.
Song: “Dust and ashes touch your face”
Imposition of Ashes
As a sign of the spirit of penitence of Lent we will receive a sign of the cross on our forehead. Loving God we remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return.
Communion L: As we do in this place what you did in an upstairs room, send down your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread and wine, that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who on the night that he was betrayed, took bread, gave thanks, and broke it saying "Take eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way after supper he took the cup and gave thanks, saying "Drink this all of you; this is my blood which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
L: We break this bread and drink this cup to share in the body of Christ and remember his blood was shed for us.
The Peace L:The peace of the Lord be always with you
A: And also with you. (We share the peace).
MP 921 “Purify my heart”
L: Go in the name of Christ to love and serve the Lord
A: Thanks be to God.