18A – Ash Wednesday

17A - Transfiguration19A - Lent 1A
PSALM 51:1-12
Be gracious to me, O God, according to your lovingkindness;
according to your abundant compassion blot out my rebellious acts.
Like a cloudburst, wash my wrongdoing from me and scour my sins from me;
for I am only too aware of my rebellion, and my sin is always in front of me.
I have sinned against you – you alone,
and done what is displeasing in your eyes
and so you have a just case when you speak; blameless when you judge.
The truth is, I was born among waywardness,
and my mother conceived me in a sinful society;
indeed, you desired faithfulness in the womb,
and in being kept hidden you caused me to know wisdom
Unsin me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my wrongdoing.
Create for me a clean heart, O God,
and re-create a generous spirit within me.
Do not throw me aside from your presence;
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your favour;
and let a willing spirit sustain me.

CONFESSION (Psalm 51:1-4a,9-12)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my acts of rebellion.
Wash away the guilt of my waywardness,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am aware of my rebellious acts,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you alone, Lord God, have I sinned,
and before your eyes I have done what is evil.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all the guilt of my wayward acts.
Create for me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit in me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and let a willing spirit empower me. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999.

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

All go to God when they are sorely placed TIS 240 AHB 182
Dear Shepherd of your people, hear TIS 444 AHB 371
Father all-loving and ruling in majesty TIS 160 AHB 104
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472 SA 33
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131 AHB 60
God be in my head TIS 549 AHB 456
Hail to the Lord’s annointed TIS 275 AHB 203
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546 AHB 122
The church’s one foundation TIS 457 AHB 385
Joel 2
Forty days and forty nights TIS 591 AHB 506
May this Lenten discipline TIS 463 AHB 396
Isaiah 58
When he comes back TIS 280 SA 92
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416 SA 41
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657 SA 42
2 Corinthians 6
Lord God, the Spirit blest TIS 404 AHB 317
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414
Make me a channel of your peace TIS 607 SA 66
Matthew 6
Father in heaven, grant to your children TIS 465 AHB 399
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564 AHB 49
O day of God, draw near TIS 616 AHB 547
The great love of God TIS 164 AHB 105

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