THE WORD OF GOD

All stand for the procession.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All sit.

THE FIRST LESSON
Isaiah 58:1-12

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 103:8-14
All recite together.

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
 slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not always accuse us, *
 nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
 nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
 so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
 so far has he removed our sins from us.
13 As a father cares for his children, *
 so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
 he remembers that we are but dust.

THE SECOND LESSON
2 Corinthians 4:3-6

We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

All stand for the proclamation of the Gospel.

THE GOSPEL
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Minister  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People  Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Minister  The Gospel of the Lord.
People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

All sit.

THE SERMON

All stand.

THE INVITATION TO OBSERVE A HOLY LENT

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self- examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

All kneel or bow.

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The People come forward to the altar rail, and Ministers impose ash upon them, saying

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Psalm 51 is read by a lector.

THE LITANY OF PENITENCE

The Presider and Ministers kneel at the Sanctuary steps before the altar. All then say together

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

Presider  We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
People  Have mercy on us, Lord.
Presider  We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
People  Have mercy on us, Lord.
Presider  We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness:

the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives.
People  We confess to you, Lord.
Presider  Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
People  We confess to you, Lord.
Presider  Our anger at our own frustration,
and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
People  We confess to you, Lord.
Presider  Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts,

and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
People  We confess to you, Lord.
Presider  Our negligence in prayer and worship,
and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
People  We confess to you, Lord.
Presider  Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:

for our blindness to human need and suffering,
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
People  Accept our repentance, Lord.
Presider  For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors,
and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
People  Accept our repentance, Lord.
Presider  For our waste and pollution of your creation,
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
People  Accept our repentance, Lord.
Presider  Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
People  Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.
Presider  Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
People  That we may show forth your glory in the world.
Presider  By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
People  Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Presider
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.

Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All stand.

THE PEACE

Presider  The peace of Christ be always with you.
People  And also with you.

All sit.

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THE HOLY COMMUNION

All stand.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Eucharistic Prayer A

Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Lift up your hearts.
People  We lift them to the Lord.
Presider  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

All kneel or sit.

Presider

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, send Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night before he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ has risen.

Christ will come again.


And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

Silence.

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Presider and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread.

AGNUS DEI

Presider  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
People  have mercy upon us.
Presider  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
People  have mercy upon us.
Presider  O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
People  grant us thy peace.

THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Following the invitation to Communion, the Ministers and People receive the Sacrament.

THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

A SOLEMN PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE

Presider
Bow down before the lord.

All kneel.

Grant, Almighty God, that your people may recognize their weakness and put their whole trust in your strength, so that they may rejoice for ever in the protection of your loving providence; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN 142
Lord, who throughout these forty days
St. Flavian

THE DISMISSAL

Minister  Go in peace. Remember the poor.
People  Thanks be to God.

The Procession departs in silence.

PRESIDER
7:00 am The Very Reverend Richard Lawson, Dean

12:00 pm The Reverend Amy Newell-Large, Curate for Parish Life

PREACHER
The Reverend Canon Broderick Greer, Canon Precentor

DEACON OF THE MASS
The Reverend Jack Karn, Deacon for Community Partnerships

ASSISTING CLERGY
The Reverend Canon Katie Pearson, Canon Pastor

The Reverend Amy Newell-Large, Curate for Parish Life

MUSICIAN
Dr. Michael Boney
Director of Music and Organist

LECTORS
7:00 am Colin Campbell First Lesson; Sheryl P. Martin Second Lesson
12:00 pm Jay Swope First Lesson; Jenn Zuko Second Lesson

ALTAR GUILD
Robin Van Atta
Director

INTERIM SACRISTAN
Zane Johnson


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