Summary: A sermon for Ash Wednesday dealing with Sinfulness

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Ash Wednesday Sermon Psalm 51:1-13 Sinfulness

On this Ash Wednesday my Lenten journey begins...I am like a fisherman who launches his boat at dawn on the way to deep waters... The morning seas are calm; but the fisherman knows a storm can come with little warning. The boat may be buffeted by wind and waves before the journey is done. It may even capsize...Nevertheless , carefully equipped for the journey, he launches his boat, he pushes out. . He trusts that his journey will be successful and be good. . . My boat is my self; the waters are my life. a new course; . . I am making a new effort to direct my to God to live my life in Christ...... I am on my way to deep waters of faith. My morning seas are calm, but I know that winds of unrest, discontent or discouragement may lie ahead. My boat may even capsize... Nevertheless I push out. I trust that I will have a good journey because Jesus goes with me...He will guide me through the words of the Lenten scripture reading-. He will help me to understand better through them the journey through death He himself has taken. And he will give me courage to follow low. . The strength of his presence in me will help me to forgive, accept, persevere,

and love through the weeks ahead........ I will join with other--family, friends, the children,other parishioners--who are also on this journey. Together we will turn to God in prayer and ritual . . Jesus, present among us, will join his pray to ours........ I am eager to push out from shore.......... I have the words of the Ash Wednesday challenge in my ears: "Repent and believe in the Gospel." I am ready to begin."

Today’s Parish, Feb.,1966

Our Lenten journey begins with the Psalms, Psalm 51. In this Psalm, David is confessing his sin and his need for forgiveness. He says:

“according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.” RSV

David is saying he deserves punishment for his sin. He knows he is a sinner in the eyes of God. The question can be asked, can you? Can you acknowledge that in the eyes of God you are a sinner. It is because of you and me that Christ died on the cross. Yes, not only for me and you did he die, but because of us. Because of our sins, Jesus died.

The Psalmist says:

:”Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

We are born into sin and live our whole lives as sinners.

Now you might be saying, not me pastor. I am a good person. I live a life that does not do all those awful sins like kill, steal, commit adultery. How can I be a sinner. Yet, in God’s eyes we are sinners. We fall short of what God expects of us all the time.

Our, as we call them, little sins mount up according to what God expects of us. We are like the birds in the following:

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