Father, in this Ash Wednesday Service, may we see Jesus’ example of gentle service; but, more than that, through Jesus’ words about what His example means and through Paul’s words about how we are led by the Spirit, give us the desire and the power to gently serve others. We ask in the name of Jesus, who is gentle and humble in heart.
Merciful God, You call us to turn from sin, turn to You, and live. Help us to recognize our sin for what it is, confess it to You, and then receive the forgiveness of our sins accomplished by our Lord Jesus on the cross; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Almighty and ever-living God, you love all that you have created and you forgive the sins of those who come to you with humble and contrite hearts. Create in us clean and honest hearts, so that, as we repent of our sins, we may receive full pardon and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.