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Rent My Heart by Raymond A. Foss
I rent my heart
torn in the moment
not my clothes
not just the surface
my life torn
my heart rent open
knowing your suffering
dying in my place
An open wound
the fabric of my being
the flesh of my heart
crying for you
knowing your dying
as the sacrifice
your choice to come down
to climb the rugged cross
going in my place
to the cross, the grave
only in your rising
am I truly saved

March 9, 2011
Joel 2:12-17a
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
John 20:11-18
(“In the Garden”, United Methodist Hymnal, #314)
Call to Worship
Prayer for Peace
Distribution of Ashes
and Ash Wednesday Meditation
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
A Handmaiden of the Lord
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
March 9, 2011
Ash Wednesday
article, “When did United Methodists start the "imposition of ashes" on Ash Wednesday?”
Season of Lent
Facebook message
by Barack Obama
March 9, 2011
“Michelle and I join with millions of Christians
here and across the world to mark Ash Wednesday.
As we observe the season of Lent, we receive
with thanksgiving this opportunity for grace and repentance,
recommit ourselves to our faith, and
remember our obligations to one another.”
earlier poem:
“Rend Your Heart”

Not in ashes or sack cloth
not in torn garments only
God calling to us
to rend our hearts
to turn from our ways
repent and turn to Him
walking in His ways
drenched in His love
all the rest of our days.

October 11, 2010
Joel 2:12
Joel 2:12-14
Hosea 10-14
Joel 1:1-2:17
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for September 28, 2010,
read October 11, 2010

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