Old Zion Lutheran Church

“For wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
“Denn wo zwei oder drei in meinem Namen zusammenkommen, bin ich in ihrer Mitte” Matthäus 18:20 (Hoffnung für alle)

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February 17th, 2021
Ash Wednesday

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First Hymn - SBH #70 - "O Lamb of God most holy!" vv.1-3


I will cry unto God most High; unto God that performeth all things for me.
Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Ps. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my should trusted in thee.

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

In Peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace that is from above, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house, and for them that in faith, piety and fear of God offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, pity and defend us, O God, by thy grace.

Gloria in Excelsis
Glory be to God on high! And on earth peace, good-will toward men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only begotten son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those 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 thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

Old Testament Reading (First Reading)
Joel 2: 12-19

The Epistle (Second Reading)
Philippians 3: 7-12 (read in German)

The Gospel (Third Reading)
Matthew 6: 16-21

The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made:
Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried;
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
And ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead:
Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one Holy Christian and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the Life of the world to come.

Sermon Hymn - SBH #72 - "Savior, when in dust to Thee"
German #398"Liebster Heiland, wann vor Dir"
Verse 1 and 3 in English; 2 and 4 in German

- "Lent - the Church calls us the heartfelt repentance" (Joel 2: 12-14)
The Sermon is available

Prayer of the Church
Compassionate Lord, we ask Your loving care for all in our congregation who specially need Your mercy: Heavenly Father, compassionate Lord, we ask Your blessing for Siegmund Heise, Roswitha Siegmann, Barb Turner, Karin Stewart, Pam Fernsler, Helmut Reiser, Carol Kenney, Abigail Harrison, Fernando Reisers’s mother Ruth Rivera, Arthur Plaxton, Mike Reiser’s second cousin Ayla who suffers from a debilitating muscle condition. For these, Your beloved children through baptism, we pray, strengthen their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His victory over the grave, and assure them that You are always with them to hear their prayers.

Christ Jesus, Incarnate Lord and great Redeemer, strong to save, we offer our humble thanks that You who knew no sin came to earth to be made sin for us in order to give us Your righteousness. During the holy season which lies before us and in which we prepare for the joy of Easter morning, we pray, send us Your Holy Spirit to work true repentance and faith in our hearts, that every day we may grow in penitent faith in You and in having Your mind of devoted service to others. And dear Savior, on this Ash Wednesday, we pray that You would send Your Holy Spirit in full measure to Your Church throughout the whole world, that all Your people may be renewed in their life of faith and love.

And forasmuch, dear Savior, as we purpose now to come to Your table to receive as nourishment for our souls Your true body and blood in Your holy Supper, we ask Your blessing on our communion. Through this heavenly mystery, we pray, bestow on us the forgiveness You have won for us and without which our souls cannot live, confirm our trust in You as our divine/human Redeemer, and unite us to Yourself—as branches of the True Vine—that we may follow Your holy will in all things. Hear our prayers, gracious Lord, for Your Name’s sake.


A Special Prayer in this Time of the Coronavirus

Heavenly Father, we come to You in earnest prayer in this time when the coronavirus is still spreading so rapidly in the world, in our own beloved nation, and now also in this Philadelphia area. With thankful hearts, we cling to Your promise that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, and that You will make all things work together for good for Your people of faith. Today we ask, Father, that out of Your boundless mercy You would bring to an end the threat which this disease poses to us and to all people. Protect all those who must risk their own health as they tend to the sick—first responders, nurses, doctors, hospital aids, and all those who are exposed to the virus in the course of their service to others. Grant healing and recovery, we pray, to all who now suffer from this illness. To all who have lost loved ones in this pandemic, we ask that You would provide the comfort of the Gospel of our risen Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Send us Your Holy Spirit, we pray, to keep us diligent in prayer for our families, for our congregation, for our nation, and for all people. And both now and in the days ahead, grant to us true wisdom, we pray, and fill our hearts with the love of Christ, so that in every way we may act diligently and responsibly for the good of our neighbors. Hear our earnest prayer, heavenly Father, for the sake of Christ Jesus, Your Son and our Lord. Amen.

Communion Hymn - #262 "Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness" vv. 1-3

Communion Liturgy

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

Post Communion Hymn - "O Lord, we praise Thee"


Closing Hymn - SBH #71 "Print Thine image pure and holy"

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