Reflectionary

Ash Wednesday Confession, NL Year 2

Prayer of Confession (based on Psalm 32:1-5)

One: When the psalmists did not know what to say, they built pauses into their prayers with the word “Selah.” (Say-lah.) As we enter a time of prayer, we will mark our silences with the same word. Selah.

Many: Selah.

One: Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Many: It is a good feeling to be forgiven, to know God cares for us enough to take care of everything.

One: Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Many: When we have done things well, God can see it. When we have been honest, God will know.

One: While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.

Many: O God, you knew all the things on my mind, but they still weighed heavily on me. 

One: For day and night your hand was heavy upon me.

Many: I cannot hide things from you.

One: My strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

All: Selah

(A time of silence.)

One: Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity.

Many: I opened my heart to you, Lord.

One: I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

Many: I did confess. I do confess.

One: And you forgave the guilt of my sin. 

All: Selah

(A time of silence.)

*Imposition of Ashes

Please come forward for ashes if you wish.  (We sang a Kyrie during the imposition of Ashes.)

Assurance of Pardon

One: Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Many: It is a good feeling to be forgiven.

One: God hears our prayers and forgives us. This is the Good News that brings new life.

All: We thank God for it. 

A cross drawn in ashes

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