First Immanuel Lutheran Church/River of Life
Ash Wednesday River of Life
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Locations & Times
  • First Immanuel Lutheran Church
    W67N622 Evergreen Blvd, Cedarburg, WI 53012, USA
  • River of Life - First Immanuel Lutheran Ministries Saukville Campus
    598 Hillcrest Rd, Saukville, WI 53080, USA
    Wednesday 6:30 PM
OPENING HYMN When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
1 When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

3 See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a tribute far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all!
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Pastor: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a time of self-reflection and repentance. We leave our normal routines to walk with Jesus the path to the cross. We open ourselves up to the message of Christ Crucified. This Lent, we journey together to be challenged to take our life and faith seriously. We accept the challenge from Jesus to pick up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow him. We turn now to confess our sins:
Pastor: Father of mercies and God of all consolation, come to the aid of Your people, turning us from our sin to live for You alone. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit that we may attend to Your Word, confess our sins, receive Your forgiveness, and grow in faith through Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer.
People: Amen.

Pastor: Sisters and brothers in Christ, since it is our intention to come to the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus, it is right that we diligently examine ourselves. This Meal has been instituted for the special comfort and strengthening of all who humbly confess their sins and long for righteousness. But if we examine ourselves, we shall find nothing in us but sin and death. And we cannot set ourselves free. But Jesus has had mercy on us and has taken up our nature for himself, so that He might take our place. Jesus completes the will and law of God for us. Jesus suffered death for us, so that we would be delivered from death and the punishment we ourselves deserve. And Jesus wants us to be strengthened in faith, confidence, and joy. Therefore, he has instituted the Holy Sacrament of His Supper, in which He feeds us with His true Body and Blood. Therefore Christ dwells in all who eat of this bread and drink of this cup, firmly believing this. And we dwell in Christ. We should do this also in remembrance of Him, showing His death, that He was delivered for our offenses and raised again forus. We thank our God, we take up our Cross, we follow Him, we love one another as He has loved us. For we are all one body, the people of the One God and Lord. Humble yourselves before God, confess your sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness.

A time of silence for personal confession

Pastor: God over all things, merciful Father, we are poor, miserable sinners. We confess to You all our wrongdoing and iniquities, because we have offended you and damaged your world. We truly deserve Your punishment now and forever. But we are so sorry, God, and we truly repent. We trust in Your promise to be gracious and merciful through Your Son, Jesus Christ, who is innocent and perfect, endured bitter sufferings and death for me, a sinner.
People: Gracious Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
(Ashes have been a symbol of contrition since Biblical times: “I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6b). They are also vivid reminders of our mortality: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Therefore the imposition of ashes has been a fitting beginning for the season of Lent. Ashes are applied to the forehead in the sign of the cross. Although the ashes powerfully remind us of our sin and our need to be contrite and repent, ashes also speak the Gospel message of forgiveness that comes through the sacrifice of Jesus on a cross.

(Those who wish to receive ashes on their forehead can approach the altar at this time.)

Pastor: In Jesus’ place and because Jesus said so, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God be gracious to you and strengthen your faith. The God of peace will make you holy and keep your spirit, soul, and body safe and whole at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. Live in peace.
People: Amen.
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with Thy Spirit. ♫
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up unto the Lord. ♫

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
People: Amen. ♫

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world,
grant us Your peace. Amen.



Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people. A Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of Thy people Israel. 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. Amen.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
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 Spirit 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 sits at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord and giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke 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. Amen.
THE SERMON HYMN: Chief of Sinners, Though I Be
1 Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed His blood for me,
Died that I might live on high,
Lives that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine,
I am His, and He is mine.

2 Oh, the height of Jesus’ love,
Higher than the heav’ns above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting as eternity!
Love that found me—wondrous thought!
Found me when I sought Him not.
3 Only Jesus can impart
Balm to heal the wounded heart,
Peace that flows from sin forgiv’n,
Joy that lifts the soul to heav’n,
Faith and hope to walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.

4 Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all in all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
He sustains the hidden life
Safe with Him from earthly strife.

5 O my Savior, help afford
By Your Spirit and Your Word!
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.
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THE MESSAGE: Flowing From the Cross – Introduction

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 and ever. Amen.

People: Amen, Amen, Amen ♫
THE CLOSING HYMN God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
1 God, who made the earth and heaven,
Darkness and light:
You the day for work have given,
For rest the night.
May Your angel guards defend us,
Slumber sweet Your mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us
All through the night.

2 And when morn again shall call us
To run life’s way,
May we still, whate’er befall us,
Your will obey.
From the pow’r of evil hide us,
In the narrow pathway guide us,
Never be Your smile denied us
All through the day.

3 Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
And when we die,
May we in Your mighty keeping
All peaceful lie.
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Then, O Lord, do not forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us
With You on high.

4 Holy Father, throned in heaven,
All-holy Son,
Holy Spirit, freely given,
Blest Three in One:
Grant us grace, we now implore You,
Till we lay our crowns before You
And in worthier strains adore You
While ages run.