Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem;
    shout a warning on my holy mountain.
Let all the people who live in the land shake with fear,
    because the LORD’s day of judging is coming;
    it is near.
It will be a dark, gloomy day,
    cloudy and black.
Like the light at sunrise,
    a great and powerful army will spread over the mountains.
There has never been anything like it before,
    and there will never be anything like it again.

The LORD says, “Even now, come back to me with all your heart.
    Fast, cry, and be sad.”

Tearing your clothes is not enough to show you are sad;
    let your heart be broken.
Come back to the LORD your God,
    because [the LORD] is kind and shows mercy.
[The LORD] doesn’t become angry quickly,
    and [the LORD] has great love.
    [God] can change [God’s] mind about doing harm.
Who knows? Maybe [the LORD] will turn back to you
    and leave behind a blessing for you.
Grain and drink offerings belong to the LORD your God.

Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem;
    call for a day when everyone fasts.
    Tell everyone to stop work.
Bring the people together
    and make the meeting holy for the Lord.
Bring together the elders,
    as well as the children,
    and even babies that still feed at their mothers’ breasts.
The bridegroom should come from his room,
    the bride from her bedroom.
The priests, the LORD’S servants, should cry
    between the altar and the entrance to the Temple.
They should say, “LORD, have mercy on your people.
    Don’t let them be put to shame;
    don’t let other nations make fun of them.
Don’t let people in other nations ask,
    ‘Where is their God?’”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We hear your voice calling to us in the wilderness. You invite us to come to you, to return, and to receive your grace. We remember the words of wise Elders you have sent to us. They told us to place our trust in you, and that you are gracious and merciful. We run to you and feel you reach out to embrace us. Your mercy surrounds us.

Thank you, Loving Yahweh, for the invitation to come near to you. We respond by quieting ourselves in this prayer time so we can receive your lovingkindness and mercy. Thank you that you are slow to anger and have great wonderful love for us. Thank you for your grace and mercy.

I receive your mercy today, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…

We feel the darkness nearby and know we have wandered far from you. You have not forsaken us or left us abandoned. Your light shines in the darkness to show the way back to your holy mountain. Our path is clear before us and we step with assurance, knowing the path can lead only to you.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 51:1-17
Isaiah 58:1-12
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

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