Day 1: Ash Wednesday

THE INVITATION

“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8)

—QUIET—

THE PSALM (Psalm 103:8-14)

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

THE READING (Matthew 6:1-6)

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when 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."

DWELLING

Individuals: Read back over the Scripture and let the Word lead you into prayer. Pray freely.

Families: I wonder how we try to make ourselves look good without Jesus? Where do we see God’s mercy to our family?

PROMPTED PRAYER

For those who are sick / For our church / For a renewed delight in God’s mercy

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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, forever. Amen. 

BLESSING

Redeem us from all wickedness, purify us and make us your very own, eager to do what is good. (see Titus 2:14)