Worship Service Text

Second Sunday in Easter

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Opening Hymn - O Sons and Daughters of the King LSB470

O sons and daughters of the King, Whom heav’nly hosts in glory sing,

Today the grave has lost its sting! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

That night the_apostles met in fear; Among them came their master dear

And said, “My peace be with you here.” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

When Thomas first the tidings heard; That they had seen the risen Lord,

He doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 “My piercèd side, O Thomas, see, And look upon My hands, My feet;

Not faithless but believing be.” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

No longer Thomas then denied; He saw the feet, the hands, the side;

“You are my Lord and God!” he cried. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

How blest are they who have not seen; And yet whose faith has constant been,

For they eternal life shall win. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

   We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading: Acts 4:32–35

  32The full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 John 1:1—2:2

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Common

C Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel: John 20:19–31

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 20th chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”

24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn of the Day - These Things Did Thomas Count as Real LSB472

These things did Thomas count as real:

The warmth of blood, the chill of steel,

The grain of wood, the heft of stone,

The last frail twitch of flesh and bone.

The vision of his skeptic mind

Was keen enough to make him blind

To any unexpected act

Too large for his small world of fact.

His reasoned certainties denied

That one could live when one had died,

Until his fingers read like braille

The markings of the spear and nail.

May we, O God, by grace believe

And thus the risen Christ receive,

Whose raw imprinted palms reached out

And beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

Text: © 1984 Oxford University Press. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Real and Effective”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

Service of the Sacrament

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

At Your command, Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice on the mountain; yet, in mercy You provided a ram as a substitute. We give You thanks that on Calvary You spared not Your only Son but sent Him to offer His life as a ransom for many.

As we eat and drink His body and blood, grant us, like Abraham our father, to trust in Your promise now fulfilled in Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

Lord’s Prayer

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn to Depart - Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise LSB917

Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise

With one accord our parting hymn of praise;

Once more we bless Thee ere our worship cease,

Then, lowly bending, wait Thy word of peace.

Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way;

With Thee began, with Thee shall end, the day.

Guard Thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,

That in this house have called upon Thy name.

Grant us Thy peace, Lord, through the coming night;

Turn Thou for us its darkness into light.

From harm and danger keep Thy children free;

For dark and light are both alike to Thee.

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life,

Our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife;

Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,

Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace.



Service Outline – April 4, 2021

HYMN LSB 465 “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds”

Now all the vault of heav’n resounds, in praise of love that still abounds:

“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”

Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear! Repeat their song of glory here:

“Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed!” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Eternal is the gift He brings, therefore our heart with rapture sings:

“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”

Now still He comes to give us life, and by His presence stills all strife.

Christ has triumphed! He is living! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love; set heart and will on things above

That we conquer through Your triumph;

Grant grace sufficient for life’s day, that by our lives we truly say:

“Christ has triumphed! He is living!” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Adoring praises now we bring, and with the heav’nly blessed sing:

“Christ has triumphed! Alleluia!”

Be to the Father and our Lord, to Spirit blest, most holy God,

All the glory, never ending! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: © 1958 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

INVOCATION

P In the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

P Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

C Death is swallowed up in victory!

P O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

C Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

P “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no

longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the

life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and

alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8–11

C “I caused Your grief and sighing by evils multiplying as countless as the

sands.” It was our sin that caused Christ to die to ransom us from the death of

sin. By the power of Your death and resurrection, Lord Jesus, forgive us and

raise us to new life.

P The risen Jesus is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.

Whoever believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name. In the stead

and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of

the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

COLLECT OF THE DAY

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus

Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant

that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from

the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and

reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 25:6-9

6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples

a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

7And he will swallow up on this mountain

the covering that is cast over all peoples,

the veil that is spread over all nations.

8He will swallow up death forever;

and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,

and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,

for the LORD has spoken.

9It will be said on that day,

 “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.

This is the LORD; we have waited for him;

let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE READING 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA and VERSE

P Alleluia!

C Alleluia! Christ Jesus abolished death

P and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.

C Alleluia!

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 16:1–8

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the sixteenth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN LSB 461 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

I know that my Redeemer lives; what comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever-living head.

He lives triumphant from the grave; He lives eternally to save;

He lives all-glorious in the sky; He lives exalted there on high.

He lives to bless me with His love; He lives to plead for me above;

He lives my hungry soul to feed; He lives to help in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply; He lives to guide me with His eye;

He lives to comfort me when faint; He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears;

He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend; He lives and loves me to the end;

He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing; He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath; He lives, and I shall conquer death;

He lives my mansion to prepare; He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same;

Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!

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SERMON – “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”

HYMN LSB 466 “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia”

Christ has arisen, alleluia. Rejoice and praise Him, alleluia.

For our Redeemer burst from the tomb, even from death, dispelling its gloom. Refrain

Refrain Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;

Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.

     Our sin forgiving, alleluia! Jesus is living, alleluia!

For three long days the grave did its worst, until its strength by God was dispersed.

He who gives life did death undergo; and in its conquest His might did show. Refrain

The angel said to them, “Do not fear! You look for Jesus who is not here.

See for yourselves the tomb is all bare; only the grave cloths are lying there.” Refrain

“Go spread the news: He’s not in the grave; He has arisen this world to save.

Jesus’ redeeming labors are done; even the battle with sin is won.” Refrain

Christ has arisen; He sets us free; Alleluia, to Him praises be.

Jesus is living! Let us all sing; He reigns triumphant, heavenly King. Refrain

Text: © 1977 Howard S. Olson. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

NICENE CREED

C 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 worshiped and glorified,

   who spoke by the prophets.

   And I believe in 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.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P Having been sent through our Baptism by the risen Christ to proclaim good news to

the world, let us pray for the whole Church and for all people. Almighty God, we give

You the highest praise and thanksgiving for breaking into our world in the incarnation

of Christ, His atoning death, and His most glorious resurrection from the dead. We

worship You and we give You thanks for Your great glory. By Your power and defeat of

death grant us faith, forgiveness, and new life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Give to Your whole Church on earth both the fear and the joy of bearing witness to

Christ’s resurrection each in their own community, family, and vocation. Lord, in Your

mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Bless the preaching of Your Word with resurrection power that many may come to a

constantly renewed repentance and faith and that the bright light of Your truth may

shine through our lives. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P May the witness of Your Church cause an increase of justice, peace, and defense

against all evil by those in position of authority in government and of all who serve to

preserve and protect our citizens. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Of Your great love, grant healing, peace and comfort to all who are ill, to the injured,

and to the dying by Your great promise of forgiveness and eternal life. Lord, in Your

mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Receive these our prayers and praises for the sake of our risen Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever,

C Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

C 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.

BENEDICTION

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and  give you peace.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 457 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”

Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heav’nly king, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which He endured, Alleluia! Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia! Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!

Praise Him, all ye heav’nly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

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Good Friday Service Outline – April 2, 2021

Hymn LSB 451 “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, see Him dying on the tree!

’Tis the Christ, by man rejected; yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!

’Tis the long-expected Prophet, David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;

Proofs I see sufficient of it: ’Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning, was there ever grief like His?

Friends through fear His cause disowning, foes insulting His distress;

Many hands were raised to wound Him, none would intervene to save;

But the deepest stroke that pierced Him was the stroke that justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly, nor suppose the evil great

Here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.

Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load;

’Tis the Word, the Lord’s anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost:

Christ, the Rock of our salvation, is the name of which we boast;

Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!

None shall ever be confounded, who on Him their hope have built.

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INVOCATION

P In the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

P Throughout these days of Lent, we have solemnly and reflectively followed Jesus’ mission

for the salvation of the world. As we confront the culmination of Jesus’ Passion, we are

compelled to face the harsh reality of our sin and the brokenness that it brings.

C Lord God, we need Your grace. We need Your forgiveness. We have failed to follow

Your will. We have refused to obey Your law. We are unable to fulfill Your plan. We are

crushed under the weight of our sin, and the harsh reality of sin’s horror hangs heavy

around us. It is sin that made the cross necessary. It is our sin that required the

Savior’s death. Lord, we need Your grace. We need Your forgiveness.

P We need a Savior. It was sin that made the cross necessary, but it was love that drove

Jesus to the cross and held Him there. It was love for you. Because of His love and His

perfect sacrifice, your sins have been covered. The debt has been paid. The burden has been

removed. As you hear and experience that reality tonight, you know throughout that you have

God’s grace. You have God’s forgiveness in the name of the Father and of the  Son and of

the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P Let us pray. Almighty God, graciously be with us for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was

willing to be betrayed, to be given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death on the cross

that He might draw the whole world to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our

forgiveness and life may also glory in His call to take up our cross and follow Him; through

Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and forever.

C Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 52:13—53:12

13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;

he shall be high and lifted up,

and shall be exalted.

14 As many were astonished at you—

his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,

and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—

15 so shall he sprinkle many nations;

kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which has not been told them they see,

and that which they have not heard they understand.

1 Who has believed what they heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned every one to his own way;

and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he opened not his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

and as for his generation, who considered

that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

stricken for the transgression of my people?

9 And they made his grave with the wicked

and with a rich man in his death,

although he had done no violence,

and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;

he has put him to grief;

when his soul makes an offering for sin,

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

because he poured out his soul to death

and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,

and makes intercession for the transgressors.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

APOSTLE’S CREED

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Christian Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life  everlasting. Amen.

SERMON – “God’s Servant Suffered For You”

We are now going to begin the part of the service called Tenebrae, meaning

“darkness” or “shadows.” It has been practiced by the church as early as the 7 th

Century. It began as a service for the monastic community, however, Tenebrae later

became an important part of the worship for all believers during Holy Week. We join

Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.

As the congregation sings a verse of O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken

LSB 439, the first candle is extinguished. As the following five candles are

extinguished, the congregation sings another verse of the same hymn. The seventh

candle, the Paschal Candle will be taken from the sanctuary as the final verse is sung.

The Paschal Candle will be returned extinguished.

 SERVICE OF TENEBRAE 

THE FIRST WORD Luke 23:32–34a (“Father, forgive them . . .”)

32  Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.  33  And when they

came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on

his right and one on his left.  34  And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what

they do.” 

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Prince of Peace. When You were mocked, You did not

respond with harsh words. When You were tormented, You did not react in anger. When You

were nailed to the cross, You prayed for the forgiveness of those who caused You to suffer.

Give to us the virtues of gentleness, patience, and a forgiving spirit. Teach us also to love our

enemies, and as children of the heavenly Father, to live in Your peace.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 1

O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken

That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?

Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, what dark transgression?

THE SECOND WORD Luke 23:35–43 (“Today you will be with Me in paradise.”)

35  And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved

others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”  36  The soldiers also

mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine  37  and saying, “If you are the King of the

Jews, save yourself!”  38  There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39  One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save

yourself and us!”  40  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are

under the same sentence of condemnation?  41  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the

due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  42  And he said, “Jesus,

remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43  And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you,

today you will be with me in paradise.”

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, in Your infinite mercy, You heard the plea of the dying thief on the cross

next to You. We pray that You would open our hearts to welcome those who turn to You, and

rejoice in their salvation. When our last hour comes, hold us firm in our faith, and bring us also

to live with You in paradise.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 7

O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,

That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!

All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying, while Thou wert dying.

THE THIRD WORD John 19:25–27 (“Here is your son . . . here is your mother.”)

25  but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of

Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  26  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved

standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27  Then he said to the

disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, while You suffered the agony of the cross, Your thoughts turned to the

welfare of others. Your concern was for Your mother in her sorrow. We pray that You would

regard with pity all parents who mourn the death of their children, and all parents who sorrow

because their children have gotten into trouble or forsaken their faith. By the power of Your

healing, we pray that parents and children know peace and that relationships be restored.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 11

But since my strength will nevermore suffice me

To crucify desires that still entice me,

To all good deeds O let Thy Spirit win me, and reign within me!

THE FOURTH WORD Matthew 27:45–47(“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”)

45  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46  And

about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema

sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  47  And some of the

bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord God, Father of all people and Creator of all that exists, You hold all people in Your

power. We pray that You would not forsake the world that Your Son died to redeem. Even

though we still see the influence of sin and evil all around us, assure us of Your continued

presence in our midst. Help us to know Your love in our lives, so we can show Your presence

to others.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 3

Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?

It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;

Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit, this I do merit.

THE FIFTH WORD John 19:28–29 (“I thirst.”)

28  After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”  29  A

jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch

and held it to his mouth.

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, You endured not only spiritual anguish but also physical pain on the

cross in our place. We thirst for the healing that only You can provide. When we find

ourselves suffering, give us peace and patience to endure the pain that comes our way. Bring

to our minds all that You endured for us, and give us the strength to bear our burdens by the

grace of Your holy example.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 2

They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;

With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee;

They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee; they crucify Thee.

THE SIXTH WORD John 19:30 (“It is finished.”)

  30  When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head

and gave up his spirit.

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Author and Finisher of our faith. You did not stop short of

finishing the task given to You by Your Father for the sake of us and the world. We pray that

You would complete in us also everything that You intend for us, so that as children of the

heavenly Father, we may live for His glory.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 4

What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!

The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;

The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, who would not know Him.

THE SEVENTH WORD Luke 23:44–46 (“Into Your hands I commit My spirit.”)

44  It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth

hour, 45  while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  46  Then

Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And

having said this he breathed his last.

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

PRAYER

P Lord Jesus Christ, as You gave Your life on the cross in our place, You commended Your

spirit into the loving hands of Your heavenly Father. Give us the grace to trust in You for all

things. When our last hour comes, grant us peace, that we may close our eyes with

confidence, knowing that we also will dwell forever in the hands of our heavenly Father.

C Amen.

HYMN LSB 439 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” Verse 12

I’ll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing,

That earth’s vain joys to me no more be pleasing;

To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor, henceforth forever.

READING John 19:38–42 (The burial of Jesus)

38  After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of

the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him

permission. So he came and took away his body.  39  Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to

Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in

weight.  40  So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the

burial custom of the Jews.  41  Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,

and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.  42  So because of the

Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

P O Lord, have mercy on us. C Thanks be to God.

HYMN LSB 449 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown.

O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss, till now was Thine!

Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;

Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;

Look on me with Thy favor, and grant to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow, to thank Thee, dearest Friend,

For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?

O make me Thine forever! And should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love for Thee.

Be Thou my consolation, my shield, when I must die;

Remind me of Thy passion, when my last hour draws nigh.

Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,

My heart by faith enfold Thee. Who dieth thus dies well.

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LORD’S PRAYER

C 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.

STREPITUS

The loud, sudden sound following the Lord’s Prayer is to symbolize the death of Jesus and

the closing of the tomb. As we depart from this service in silent meditation, we remember our

need for deliverance and forgiveness and the price paid for achieving and fulfilling God’s

promises. It is finished.

SILENCE FOR MEDITATION



Maundy Thursday Service Outline – April 1, 2021

Hymn LSB 445 “When You Woke That Thursday Morning”

When You woke that Thursday morning, Savior, teacher, faithful friend,

Thoughts of self and safety scorning, knowing how the day would end;

Lamb of God, foretold for ages, now at last the hour had come

When but One could pay sin’s wages: You assumed their dreadful sum.

Never so alone and lonely, longing with tormented heart

To be with Your dear ones only, for a quiet hour apart:

Sinless Lamb and fallen creature, one last paschal meal to eat,

One last lesson as their teacher, washing Your disciples’ feet.

What was there that You could give them, that would never be outspent,

What great gift that would outlive them, what last will and testament?

“Show Me and the world you love Me, know Me as the Lamb of God:

Do this in remembrance of Me, eat this body, drink this blood.”

One in faith, in love united, all one body, You the head,

When we meet, by You invited, You are with us, as You said.

One with You and one another, in a unity sublime,

See in us Your sister, brother, one in ev’ry place and time.

One day all the Church will capture, that bright vision glorious,

And Your saints will know the rapture, that Your heart desired for us,

When the longed-for peace and union, of the Greatest and the least

Meet in joyous, blest communion, in Your never-ending feast.

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Invocation, Confession & Absolution

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and

cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have

sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we

have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For

the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead

us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy

name. Amen.

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you

all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore

forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your

passion. Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the

fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the

Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Exodus 24:3-11

3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the just decrees. And

all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the LORD has spoken we

will do.”  4 And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and

built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of

Israel.  5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and

sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.  6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in

basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar.  7 Then he took the Book of the

Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has

spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”  8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the

people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in

accordance with all these words.”

9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went

up,  10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of

sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.  11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief

men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night

when he was betrayed took bread,  24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said,

“This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  25 In the same way also he

took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as

often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink

the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy

manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  28 Let a person examine

himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  29 For anyone who eats and drinks

without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  30 That is why many of you

are weak and ill, and some have died.  31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be

judged.  32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be

condemned along with the world.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading John 13:1-17; 31b-35

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart

out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to

the end.  2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot,

Simon’s son, to betray him,  3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his

hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,  4 rose from supper. He

laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.  5 Then he poured

water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that

was wrapped around him.  6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my

feet?”  7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you

will understand.”  8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I

do not wash you, you have no share with me.”  9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet

only but also my hands and my head!”  10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not

need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every

one of you.”  11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are

clean.”

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place,

he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?  13 You call me Teacher and

Lord, and you are right, for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,

you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that you also

should do just as I have done to you.  16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than

his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  17 If you know these things,

blessed are you if you do them. . . .

“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  32 If God is glorified in him,

God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  33 Little children, yet a little while I

am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you,

‘Where I am going you cannot come.’  34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one

another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  35 By this all people will

know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 446 “Jesus, Greatest at the Table”

Jesus, greatest at the table, the almighty Son of Man,

Laid aside His outer clothing, poured some water in a pan;

As the Twelve lay, hushed in silence, He the servant’s task began.

Marvel how their Lord and teacher, gently taught them not to vie

As He humbly knelt before them, dusty feet to wash and dry,

By His tender touch expressing, true compassion from on high.

Jesus took the role of servant, when upon that gruesome span,

For all human sin He suffered, as a vile and loathsome man;

On the cross poured out like water, to fulfill the Father’s plan.

Can we fathom such deep mercy? Do we see what God has done?

Who can grasp this great reversal: love that gives His only Son?

Christ, the sinless for the sinners, for the many dies the One.

Jesus gave to His disciples, a commandment that was new:

“Show My love to one another, Do as I have done for you;

All the world will know you love Me, as you love each other too.”

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Sermon – “We Need to Be Washed By Jesus”

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

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 worshiped and glorified, who

spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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.

Prayer of the Church

P Father, on the night when He was betrayed, Christ Jesus humbled Himself to stoop down

and bathe His disciples’ feet, even the feet of the one who would betray Him. Grant us the

fervent desire to embody this attitude of service and kindness to all that the love of Christ may

abound through all our speech and actions. Hear our prayer and

C humble us, O Lord.

P On this night, Christ prayed that His disciples would be one in faith. He prayed for those

who would hear His disciples’ proclamation, that all would come to know that You sent Him

into the world to be the light of the world. Just as Christ encouraged others to boldly proclaim

the message of salvation, so also hear our prayer and

C renew our witness, O Lord.

P On this night, Christ acknowledged the world’s hatred and persecution of those who

confess Him as Lord and Savior. Heavenly Father, fix our eyes constantly on Jesus, that we

may remain steadfast in the midst of strife and harassment. Hear our prayer and

C grant us Your peace.

P On this night, Your Son and our Savior gave us His last will and testament, giving us His

true body and blood that we receive Him for the forgiveness of sins and nourishment of faith.

Give us truly penitent hearts. Cleanse us and feed us with the precious body and blood of

Your Son, that we live godly lives and boldly resound with the one true confession of faith with

the whole company of saints, in heaven and on earth.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

C 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.

Hymn LSB 434 “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy”

Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer,

Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.

All sins Thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us:

Have mercy on us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer,

Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.

All sins Thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us:

Have mercy on us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer,

Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.

All sins Thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us:

Thy peace be with us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

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Stripping of the Altar

P After our Lord had instituted the Sacrament and they had sung a hymn, He went out to

Gethsemane to await the unfolding of the plan set in motion. As we hear the psalm—which

Jesus prayed and fulfilled on the cross—the linens, paraments, ornaments, and candles will

be removed from the chancel, symbolizing the abuse our Lord endured in the hours that

followed.

Reading Psalm 22

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Why are You so far from saving Me, from the words of My groaning?

O My God, I cry by day, but You do not answer,

and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

In You our fathers trusted;

they trusted, and You delivered them.

To You they cried and were rescued;

in You they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

All who see Me mock Me;

they make mouths at Me; they wag their heads;

“He trusts in the LORD; let Him deliver Him;

let Him rescue Him, for He delights in Him!”

Yet You are He who took Me from the womb;

You made me trust You at My mother’s breasts.

On You was I cast from My birth,

and from My mother’s womb You have been My God.

Be not far from Me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

Many bulls encompass Me; strong bulls of Bashan surround Me;

they open wide their mouths at Me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax; it is melted within My breast;

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and My tongue sticks to My jaws;

you lay Me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass Me;

a company of evildoers encircles Me;

they have pierced My hands and feet—

I can count all My bones—they stare and gloat over Me;

they divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.

But You, O LORD, do not be far off!

O You My help, come quickly to My aid!

Deliver My soul from the sword,

My precious life from the power of the dog!

Save Me from the mouth of the lion!

You have rescued Me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of Your name to My brothers;

in the midst of the congregation I will praise You:

You who fear the LORD, praise Him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him,

and stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!

For He has not despised or abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted,

and He has not hidden His face from Him,

but has heard, when He cried to Him.

From You comes My praise in the great congregation;

My vows I will perform before those who fear Him.

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek Him shall praise the LORD!

May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,

and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.

For kingship belongs to the LORD, and He rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;

before Him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

even the one who could not keep himself alive.

Posterity shall serve Him;

it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

they shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn,

that He has done it.

The service ends in silence. The lights are dimmed.



PALM SUNDAY / SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

March 28, 2021

AS WE GATHER

Palms and passion hardly seem to fit together but in Jesus they do. The palms welcomed Jesus to the triumph of suffering that paid the full price of our sin, and the hosannas cried out to Him who exchanged His life for death that we might live. There are no palms and hosannas that do not end in the cross, and there is no passion that does not lead us to faith and to rejoice in what His suffering accomplished. Our Lord came to the cross not as an unwilling victim but as the One who alone surrendered His life into death. We do not come to the Lord under coercion or as people compelled but at the bidding of the Gospel and by the power of the Holy Spirit! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

INVOCATION

Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Pastor: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People: Hosanna in the highest!

Pastor: Brothers and sisters in Christ: In the five weeks of Lent, we have been preparing for this week, for the events of our Lord’s death and resurrection. The great and wondrous paschal mystery now lies before us as we enter with Christ with palms and hosannas before He confronts the cross. Everything in Lent points to this week. As we commemorate how our Lord entered to the welcome of palms and hosannas, we also remember His death, which gives us life, and His resurrection, through which we dwell with Him for all eternity.

PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL John 12:12–19

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twelfth chapter.

People: Glory to You, O Lord.

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Pastor: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to You, O Christ.

COLLECT

Pastor: Let us pray.

Most merciful God, as the people of Jerusalem, with palms in their hands, gathered to greet Your dearly beloved Son when He came into His Holy City, grant that we may ever hail Him as our King and, when He comes again, may go forth to meet Him with trusting and steadfast hearts and follow Him in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People: Amen.

HYMN: All Glory, Laud, and Honor LSB442

ref All glory, laud, and honor To You, Redeemer, King,

To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.

1 You are the King of Israel and David’s royal Son,

Now in the Lord’s name coming, Our King and Blessèd One. Refrain

2 The company of angels Is praising You on high,

And we with all creation In chorus make reply. Refrain

3 The multitude of pilgrims With palms before You went;

Our praise and prayer and anthems Before You we present. Refrain

4 To You before Your passion They sang their hymns of praise;

To You, now high exalted, Our melody we raise. Refrain

5 As You received their praises, Accept the prayers we bring,

O Source of ev’ry blessing, Our good and gracious King. Refrain

Text: Public domain

SALUTATION

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor: Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People: Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Zechariah 9:9–12

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your king is coming to you;

    righteous and having salvation is he,

humble and mounted on a donkey,

    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim

    and the war horse from Jerusalem;

and the battle bow shall be cut off,

    and he shall speak peace to the nations;

his rule shall be from sea to sea,

    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,

    I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;

    today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE Philippians 2:5–11

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

VERSE Philippians 2:8b

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

READING OF THE PASSION

Pastor: The Passion of our Lord according to St. Mark, the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters.

People: Glory to You, O Lord.

READING PART 1 Mark 14:1–25

14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”

3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

HYMN “The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord” LSB 634

1 The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, We celebrate with one accord;

It is our comfort in distress, Our heart’s sweet joy and happiness.

2 He blotted out with His own blood The judgment that against us stood;

For us He full atonement made, And all our debt He fully paid.

READING PART 2 Mark 14:26–42

26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

HYMN “Go to Dark Gethsemane” LSB 436

1 Go to dark Gethsemane, All who feel the tempter’s pow’r;

Your Redeemer’s conflict see, Watch with Him one bitter hour;

Turn not from His griefs away; Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

2 Follow to the judgment hall, View the Lord of life arraigned;

Oh, the wormwood and the gall! Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!

Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss; Learn from Him to bear the cross.

READING PART 3 Mark 14:43–72

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled.

51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

HYMN “Jesus, I Will Ponder Now” LSB 440

1 Jesus, I will ponder now, On Your holy passion;

With Your Spirit me endow, For such meditation.

Grant that I in love and faith, May the image cherish

Of Your suff’ring, pain, and death, That I may not perish.

4 Grant that I Your passion view, With repentant grieving.

Let me not bring shame to You, By unholy living.

How could I refuse to shun, Ev’ry sinful pleasure

Since for me God’s only Son, Suffered without measure?

READING PART 4 Mark 15:1–39

15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

HYMN “O Perfect Life of Love” LSB 452

1 O perfect life of love! All, all, is finished now,

All that He left His throne above, To do for us below.

5 In perfect love He dies; For me He dies, for me.

O all-atoning Sacrifice, I cling by faith to Thee.

READING PART 5 Mark 15:40–47

40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

HYMN “Glory Be to Jesus” LSB433 433 Glory Be to Jesus

Glory be to Jesus, Who in bitter pains

Poured for me the lifeblood, From His sacred veins!

Grace and life eternal, In that blood I find;

Blest be His compassion, Infinitely kind!

Blest through endless ages, Be the precious stream

Which from endless torment, Did the world redeem!

Abel’s blood for vengeance, Pleaded to the skies;

But the blood of Jesus, For our pardon cries.

Oft as earth exulting, Wafts its praise on high,

Angel hosts rejoicing, Make their glad reply.

Lift we, then, our voices, Swell the mighty flood;

Louder still and louder, Praise the precious blood!

Text: Public domain

SERMON

CREED Nicene Creed

People: 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 worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in 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.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor: Let us pray the Lord that He may hear us on behalf of the people of God and all people as they have need.

Silence for meditation and prayer

Pastor: That the humility of our Lord’s suffering and death bring forth in us the fruits of faith and renewed faithfulness, for us and for all who hear His Passion today, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That the sufferings of Christ in our place not only strengthen us in faith but give us courage to proclaim His salvation to the ends of the earth, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That the wounds of the sick, the suffering, the grieving, and the dying find healing in the wounds of Christ our Lord, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That His gracious humility in giving us His righteousness as our baptismal clothing and His flesh and blood as our true and everlasting food equip us with all that we need to do the good works of faith, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That by His gracious example of humility unto death we learn humility of faith, repent of our sin and unrighteousness, and learn to delight in His will and walk in His ways all the days of our lives, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That the Lord receive the tithes and offerings we bring, with the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in our worship, as testament of our faith and as sign of our gratitude, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That the Lord bless His Church, those who minister in His name, and all the baptized people of God in their vocations of worship, witness, intercession, and service, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That God visit His grace to us and to all nations, that we have good leaders and that we be good citizens, until the day when we join the saints before the Lord in His eternal city, where He has prepared for us an everlasting place, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

People: 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.

BENEDICTION

Pastor: The Lord bless you and keep you.

  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

  The Lord look upon you with favor and  give you peace.

People: Amen.

HYMN “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” LSB 441

1 Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry.

O Savior meek, pursue Thy road, With palms and scattered garments strowed.

2 Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die.

O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin, O’er captive death and conquered sin.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty! The angel armies of the sky

Look down with sad and wond’ring eyes, To see the_approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty! Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh.

The Father on His sapphire throne, Awaits His own anointed Son.

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die.

Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain, Then take, O God, Thy pow’r and reign.



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

423 Jesus, Refuge of the Weary

Jesus, refuge of the weary, blest Redeemer, whom we love,

Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above:

Often have Your eyes, offended, gazed upon the sinner’s fall;

Yet upon the cross extended, You have borne the pain of all.

Do we pass that cross unheeding, breathing no repentant vow,

Though we see You wounded, bleeding, see Your thorn-encircled brow?

Yet Your sinless death has brought us, life eternal, peace, and rest;

Only what Your grace has taught us, calms the sinner’s deep distress.

Jesus, may our hearts be burning, with more fervent love for You;

May our eyes be ever turning, to behold Your cross anew

Till in glory, parted never, from the blessed Savior’s side,

Graven in our hearts forever, dwell the cross, the Crucified.

Text: Public domain

Opening Versicles

P This is the day which the Lord has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it.

P From the rising of the sun to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

P Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful.,

C slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

P Jesus said: If any man would come after Me,

C let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

P Christ was wounded for our transgressions.

C He was bruised for our iniquities.

P From the rising of the son to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Collect for the Word

P Blessed Lord, you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart that, by the patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen.

Gospel Lesson: Luke 22:1-6

22 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.

P This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Responsory

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is put away.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

Sermon – “Significant Deal – Wednesday of Holy Week”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P In peace let us pray to the Lord: C Lord, have mercy.

P For the gift of divine peace and of pardon, with all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord: C Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, here and scattered throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this nation, for our cities and communities, and for the common welfare of us all, let us pray to the Lord: C Lord, have mercy.

P For seasonable weather and for the fruitfulness of the earth, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who labor, for those whose work is difficult or dangerous, and for all who travel, let us pray to the Lord: C Lord, have mercy.

P For all those in need, for the hungry and homeless, for the widowed and orphaned, and for all those in prison, let us pray to the Lord: C Lord, have mercy.

P For the sick and dying and for all those who care for them, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P Finally, for these and for all our needs of body and soul, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Blessing

P Let us bless the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you. C Amen.

560 Drawn to the Cross

Drawn to the cross, which Thou hast blessed, with healing gifts for souls distressed,

To find in Thee my life, my rest, Christ crucified, I come.

Thou knowest all my griefs and fears,, Thy grace abused, my misspent years;

Yet now to Thee with contrite tears, Christ crucified, I come.

Wash me and take away each stain; let nothing of my sin remain.

For cleansing, though it be through pain, Christ crucified, I come.

And then for work to do for Thee, which shall so sweet a service be

That angels well might envy me, Christ crucified, I come.



Sunday in Lent - March 21, 2021

Hymn LSB 435 Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain

Come to Calv’ry’s holy mountain, Sinners, ruined by the fall;

Here a pure and healing fountain, Flows for you, for me, for all,

In a full, perpetual tide, Opened when our Savior died.

Come in poverty and meanness, Come defiled, without, within;

From infection and uncleanness, From the leprosy of sin,

Wash your robes and make them white; Ye shall walk with God in light.

Come in sorrow and contrition, Wounded, impotent, and blind;

Here the guilty, free remission, Here the troubled, peace may find.

Health this fountain will restore; They that drink shall thirst no more.

They that drink shall live forever; ’Tis a soul-renewing flood.

God is faithful; God will never, Break His covenant of blood,

Signed when our Redeemer died, Sealed when He was glorified.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:31–34

31“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 5:1–10

1Every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

“You are my Son,

today I have begotten you”;

6as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,

after the order of Melchizedek.”

7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 10:32–45

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the tenth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

32And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 424 O Christ, You Walked the Road

O Christ, You walked the road, Our wand’ring feet must go.

You faced with us temptation’s pow’r, And fought our ancient foe.

No bread of earth alone, Can fill our hung’ring hearts.

Lord, help us seek Your living Word, The food Your grace imparts.

No blinding sign we ask, No wonder from above.

Lord, help us place our trust alone, In Your unswerving love.

When lures of easy gain, With promise brightly shine,

Lord, help us seek Your kingdom first; Our wills with Yours align.

O Christ, You walked the road, Our wand’ring feet must go.

Stay with us through temptation’s hour, To fight our ancient foe.

Text: © 1997 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Christ Endured So That We Can Too”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P As God’s chosen ones, beloved sons and daughters of God, appointed not just to be served but to serve, let us pray for the Church, for the world, and for all people according to their needs. For the Church throughout the world, that during this Lenten season we intensify our repentance, prayer, and generosity. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P For people of every language and nation in the world, that all may be delivered from warfare, oppression, and violence, and live in the peace and safety God intends for His creation. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who serve in positions of authority, that they may defend the innocent, maintain justice, and establish peace. By the death and resurrection of Your Son, reconcile us in conflicts that all may bear witness to Your power and peace. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who are sick, facing surgery, or struggling in any way that their brokenness may be turned to health, and that they may experience the love of God through our care and concern. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the people of this congregation, that as Melchizedek served Abram and as Jesus served us by giving His life, so we may grow in serving both God and our neighbor. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who have gone before us in faith and have died, we give thanks. When our days on earth come to a close, bring us to that place of never-ending praise, worship, and thanks to You in heavenly splendor. Let us pray to the Lord,

C Lord, have mercy.

P Appointed by Jesus to serve in this broken world, we entrust our prayers to the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 532 The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

The Head that once was crowned with thorns, is crowned with glory now;

A royal diadem adorns, the mighty Victor’s brow.

The highest place that heav’n affords, is His, is His by right,

The King of kings and Lord of lords, and heav’n’s eternal Light;

The Joy of all who dwell above, the Joy of all below,

To whom He manifests His love, and grants His name to know.

To them the cross, with all its shame, with all its grace, is giv’n;

Their name an everlasting name, their joy the joy of heav’n.

They suffer with their Lord below, they reign with Him above,

Their profit and their joy to know, the myst’ry of His love.

The cross He bore is life and health, though shame and death to Him:

His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, their everlasting theme.




Wednesday, March 17, 2021

440 Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

Jesus, I will ponder now, on Your holy passion;

With Your Spirit me endow, for such meditation.

Grant that I in love and faith, may the image cherish

Of Your suff’ring, pain, and death, that I may not perish.

Make me see Your great distress, anguish, and affliction,

Bonds and stripes and wretchedness, and Your crucifixion;

Make me see how scourge and rod, spear and nails did wound You,

How for them You died, O God, who with thorns had crowned You.

Yet, O Lord, not thus alone, make me see Your passion,

But its cause to me make known, and its termination.

Ah! I also and my sin, wrought Your deep affliction;

This indeed the cause has been, of Your crucifixion.

Grant that I Your passion view, with repentant grieving.

Let me not bring shame to You, by unholy living.

How could I refuse to shun, ev’ry sinful pleasure

Since for me God’s only Son, suffered without measure?

If my sins give me alarm, and my conscience grieve me,

Let Your cross my fear disarm; peace of conscience give me.

Help me see forgiveness won, by Your holy passion.

If for me He slays His Son, God must have compassion!

Graciously my faith renew; help me bear my crosses,

Learning humbleness from You, peace mid pain and losses.

May I give You love for love! Hear me, O my Savior,

That I may in heav’n above, sing Your praise forever.

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Opening Versicles

P This is the day which the Lord has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it.

P From the rising of the sun to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

P Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful.,

C slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

P Jesus said: If any man would come after Me,

C let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

P Christ was wounded for our transgressions.

C He was bruised for our iniquities.

P From the rising of the son to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Collect for the Word

P Blessed Lord, you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart that, by the patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen.

Gospel Lesson: John 12:20–36

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

P This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Responsory

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is put away.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

Sermon – “Significant Final Appearance – Tuesday of Holy Week”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Be present, merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who

are wearied by the changes and chances of life may find our rest in You; Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in Your mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last; Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Visit our dwellings, O Lord and drive from them all the snares of the enemy; let Your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be on us always; Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Eternal God, the hours both of day and night are Yours, and to You the darkness is no threat. Be present, we pray, with those who labor in these hours of night, especially those who watch and work on behalf of others. Grant them diligence in their watching, faithfulness in their service, courage in danger, and competence in emergencies. Help them to meet the needs of others with confidence and compassion; Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole Church. Abide with us at the end of the day, at the end of our life, at the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with Your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair, the night when death draws near. Abide with us and with all the faithful, now and forever. C Amen

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Blessing & Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

C Amen.

839 O Christ, Our True and Only Light

O Christ, our true and only light, enlighten those who sit in night;

Let those afar now hear Your voice, and in Your fold with us rejoice.

Fill with the radiance of Your grace, the souls now lost in error’s maze;

Enlighten those whose inmost minds, some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

O gently call those gone astray, that they may find the saving way!

Let ev’ry conscience sore oppressed, in You find peace and heav’nly rest.

Shine on the darkened and the cold; recall the wand’rers to Your fold.

Unite all those who walk apart; confirm the weak and doubting heart,

That they with us may evermore, such grace with wond’ring thanks adore

And endless praise to You be giv’n, by all Your Church in earth and heav’n.




March 14, 2021 –4th Sunday in Lent

 

Hymn LSB 542 When I Behold Jesus Christ

When I behold Jesus Christ, true God who died for me,

I wonder much at His love, as He hung on the tree. 

 

Refrain:

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?

You showed Your love, Jesus, there, to me on Calvary.

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?

You showed Your love, Jesus, there, to me on Calvary.

For me You gave all Your love, for me You suffered pain;

I find no words, nothing can, Your selflessness explain.   Refrain

 

You had no sin, holy Lord, but You were tortured, tried;

On Golgotha there for all, my sins You bled and died.   Refrain

 

What love is this? Greater love, no one has ever known.

My life with God— this I owe, to You, and You alone.   Refrain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C       But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P       Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

 

Confession of Sins

C       Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading:             Numbers 21:4–9

            4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading                  Ephesians 2:1–10

            1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Holy Gospel:           John 3:14–21

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the third chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

                14[Jesus said:] “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

            16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 571 God Loved the World So That He Gave

God loved the world so that He gave, His only Son the lost to save,

That all who would in Him believe, should everlasting life receive.

 

Christ Jesus is the ground of faith, Who was made flesh and suffered death;

All then who trust in Him alone, are built on this chief cornerstone.

 

God would not have the sinner die; His Son with saving grace is nigh;

His Spirit in the Word declares, how we in Christ are heaven’s heirs.

 

Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son, forgives all sins which you have done;

And, justified by Jesus’ blood, your Baptism grants the highest good.

 

If you are sick, if death is near, this truth your troubled heart can cheer:

Christ Jesus saves your soul from death; that is the firmest ground of faith.

 

  Glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One!

    To You, O blessed Trinity, b e praise now and eternally!

 

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Sermon – “You are Loved by God”

 

Nicene Creed

C       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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church       

P         In peace let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For those who are ailing and those who grieve, that they may be strengthened in body and spirit, confident of the love of Christ, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord:

C         Lord, have mercy.

P         We pray this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C        Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       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.

 

Benedicamus and Benediction

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

P       The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 588 Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong. Refrain

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me! He who died, heaven’s gates to open wide.

He has washed away my sin, lets His little child come in. Refrain

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

 




, March 10, 2021

693 O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace

O Holy Spirit, grant us grace, that we our Lord and Savior

In faith and fervent love embrace, and truly serve Him ever.

The hour of death cannot bring loss, when we are sheltered by the cross

That canceled our transgressions.

Help us that we Thy saving Word, in faithful hearts may treasure;

Let e’er that Bread of Life afford, new grace in richest measure.

O make us die to ev’ry sin, each day create new life within,

That fruits of faith may flourish.

And when our earthly race is run, death’s bitter hour impending,

Then may Thy work in us begun, continue till life’s ending,

Until we gladly may commend, our souls into our Savior’s hand,

The crown of life obtaining.

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Opening Versicles

P This is the day which the Lord has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it.

P From the rising of the sun to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

P Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful.,

C slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

P Jesus said: If any man would come after Me,

C let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

P Christ was wounded for our transgressions.

C He was bruised for our iniquities.

P From the rising of the son to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Collect for the Word

P Blessed Lord, you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart that, by the patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 23:1–12

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Responsory

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is put away.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

Sermon – “Significant Teaching – Tuesday of Holy Week”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Be present, merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of life may find our rest in You;

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in Your mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last;

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Visit our dwellings, O Lord and drive from them all the snares of the enemy; let Your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be on us always;

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Eternal God, the hours both of day and night are Yours, and to You the darkness is no threat. Be present, we pray, with those who labor in these hours of night, especially those who watch and work on behalf of others. Grant them diligence in their watching, faithfulness in their service, courage in danger, and competence in emergencies. Help them to meet the needs of others with confidence and compassion;

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer

P Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole Church. Abide with us at the end of the day, at the end of our life, at the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with Your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair, the night when death draws near. Abide with us and with all the faithful, now and forever.

C Amen

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Blessing

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

C Amen.

425 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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.

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.

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?

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!

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Third Sunday in Lent - March 7, 2021

Hymn LSB 427 In the Cross of Christ I Glory

1 In the cross of Christ I glory,

    Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time.

All the light of sacred story

    Gathers round its head sublime.

2 When the woes of life o’ertake me,

    Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

Never shall the cross forsake me;

    Lo, it glows with peace and joy.

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming

    Light and love upon my way,

From the cross the radiance streaming

    Adds more luster to the day.

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure

    By the cross are sanctified;

Peace is there that knows no measure,

    Joys that through all time abide.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Absolution

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P Let us pray.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 20:1–17

1And God spoke all these words, saying,

2“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3“You shall have no other gods before me.

4“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

13“You shall not murder.

14“You shall not commit adultery.

15“You shall not steal.

16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31

18The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL: John 2:13–25

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the second chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

13The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

23Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 579 The Law of God Is Good and Wise

1 The Law of God is good and wise

And sets His will before our eyes,

Shows us the way of righteousness,

And dooms to death when we transgress.

2 Its light of holiness imparts

The knowledge of our sinful hearts

That we may see our lost estate

And turn from sin before too late.

3 To those who help in Christ have found

And would in works of love abound

It shows what deeds are His delight

And should be done as good and right.

4 But those who scornfully disdain

God’s Law shall then in sin remain;

Its terror in their ear resounds

And keeps their wickedness in bounds.

5 The Law is good; but since the fall

Its holiness condemns us all;

It dooms us for our sin to die

And has no pow’r to justify.

6 To Jesus we for refuge flee,

Who from the curse has set us free,

And humbly worship at His throne,

Saved by His grace through faith alone.

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Sermon – “The Ten Commandments Are Good”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

       maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Offertory

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P In peace let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who are ailing and those who grieve, that they may be strengthened in body and spirit, confident of the love of Christ, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P We pray this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Salutation

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

Benedicamus

A Bless we the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

Hymn LSB 865 Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain

1 Lord, help us ever to retain

The Catechism’s doctrine plain

    As Luther taught the Word of truth

    In simple style to tender youth.

2 Help us Your holy Law to learn,

To mourn our sin and from it turn

    In faith to You and to Your Son

    And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

3 Hear us, dear Father, when we pray

For needed help from day to day

    That as Your children we may live,

    Whom You baptized and so received.

4 Lord, when we fall or go astray,

Absolve and lift us up, we pray;

    And through the Sacrament increase

    Our faith till we depart in peace.



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

547 The Lamb

The Lamb, the Lamb, O Father, where’s the sacrifice?

Faith sees, believes God will provide the Lamb of price! Refrain

Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own! The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

The Lamb, the Lamb, one perfect final offering.

The Lamb, the Lamb, let earth join heav’n His praise to sing.

Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own! The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

The Lamb, the Lamb, as wayward sheep their shepherd kill

So still, His will on our behalf the Law to fill.

Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own! The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

He sighs, He dies, He takes my sin and wretchedness.

He lives, forgives, He gives me His own righteousness. Refrain

Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own! The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

He rose, He rose, my heart with thanks now overflows.

His song prolong till ev’ry heart to Him belong. Refrain

Text: © 1987 and 1997 MorningStar Music Publishers. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Opening Versicles

P This is the day which the Lord has made;

C let us rejoice and be glad in it.

P From the rising of the sun to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

P Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful.,

C slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

P Jesus said: If any man would come after Me,

C let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

P Christ was wounded for our transgressions.

C He was bruised for our iniquities.

P From the rising of the son to its setting,

C the name of the Lord is to be praised.

C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Collect for the Word

P Blessed Lord, you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart that, by the patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:28–37

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

    until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Responsory

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is put away.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

P We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

C He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

Sermon – “Significant Questions – Tuesday of Holy Week”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P In peace let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the gift of divine peace and of pardon, with all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, here and scattered throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this nation, for our cities and communities, and for the common welfare of us all, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For seasonable weather and for the fruitfulness of the earth, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who labor, for those whose work is difficult or dangerous, and for all who travel, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all those in need, for the hungry and homeless, for the widowed and orphaned, and for all those in prison, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the sick and dying and for all those who care for them, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P Finally, for these and for all our needs of body and soul, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Blessing

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

C Amen.

543 What Wondrous Love Is This

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,when I was sinking down, sinking down,

When I was sinking down, beneath God’s righteous frown,

Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb I will sing;

To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM,

While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me,

And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.

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CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Opening Hymn - 526 You Are the Way; through You Alone

1 You are the way; through You alone

    Can we the Father find;

In You, O Christ, has God revealed

    His heart and will and mind.

2 You are the truth; Your Word alone

    True wisdom can impart;

You only can inform the mind

    And purify the heart.

3 You are the life; the empty tomb

    Proclaims Your conqu’ring arm,

And those who put their trust in You

    Not death nor hell shall harm.

4 You are the way, the truth, the life;

    Grant us that way to know,

That truth to keep, that life to win

    Whose joys eternal flow.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

   We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution LSB 151

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. . . .

15And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 22:23–31

23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,

and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

24For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,

   and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. 25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will perform before those who fear him. 26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD!

May your hearts live forever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.

28For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

29All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.

30Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; 31they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Epistle Reading Romans 5:1–11

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eighth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37For what can a man give in return for his life? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn of the Day - 688 “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake

1 “Come, follow Me,” the Savior spake, “All in My way abiding;

Deny yourselves, the world forsake, Obey My call and guiding.

O bear the cross, whate’er betide, Take My example for your guide.

2 “I am the light, I light the way, A godly life displaying;

I bid you walk as in the day; I keep your feet from straying.

I am the way, and well I show How you must sojourn here below.

3 “My heart abounds in lowliness, My soul with love is glowing;

And gracious words My lips express, With meekness overflowing.

My heart, My mind, My strength, My all, To God I yield, on Him I call.

4 “I teach you how to shun and flee What harms your soul’s salvation,

Your heart from ev’ry guile to free, From sin and its temptation.

I am the refuge of the soul And lead you to your heav’nly goal.”

5 Then let us follow Christ, our Lord, And take the cross appointed

And, firmly clinging to His Word, In suff’ring be undaunted.

For those who bear the battle’s strain The crown of heav’nly life obtain.

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Sermon – “Are You Sure You Have the Right Jesus?”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn to Depart - 848 Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service

1 Lord, whose love through humble service

    Bore the weight of human need,

Who upon the cross, forsaken,

    Offered mercy’s perfect deed,

We, Your servants, bring the worship

    Not of voice alone, but heart,

Consecrating to Your purpose

    Ev’ry gift that You impart.

2 Still Your children wander homeless;

    Still the hungry cry for bread;

Still the captives long for freedom;

    Still in grief we mourn our dead.

As, O Lord, Your deep compassion

    Healed the sick and freed the soul,

Use the love Your Spirit kindles

    Still to save and make us whole.

3 As we worship, grant us vision,

    Till Your love’s revealing light

In its height and depth and greatness,

    Dawns upon our quickened sight,

Making known the needs and burdens

    Your compassion bids us bear,

Stirring us to tireless striving,

    Your abundant life to share.

4 Called by worship to Your service,

    Forth in Your dear name we go,

To the child, the youth, the aged,

    Love in living deeds to show;

Hope and health, goodwill and comfort,

    Counsel, aid, and peace we give,

That Your servants, Lord, in freedom

    May Your mercy know and live.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Website: www.christthunderbay.ca

Pastor: Brian Falkenholt

Pastors Phone: (807) 707-4080

Email: pastorbrainfalkenholt@hotmail.ca

Admin.: Loren Howk

Email: loren.chelc@tbaytel.net

Church Email: chelc@tbaytel.net

Phone: (807) 767-3361




Sunday, February 21, 2021

First Sunday in Lent

Opening Hymn - 600 Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering

1 Mark how the Lamb of God’s self-off’ring Our human sinfulness takes on

In the birthwaters of the Jordan As Jesus is baptized by John.

Hear how the voice from heaven thunders, “Lo, this is My belovèd Son.”

See how in dovelike form the Spirit Descends on God’s Anointed One.

2 From this assurance of God’s favor Jesus goes to the wilderness,

There to endure a time of testing That readied Him to teach and bless.

So we, by water and the Spirit Baptized into Christ’s ministry,

Are often led to paths of service Through mazes of adversity.

3 Grant us, O God, the strength and courage To live the faith our lips declare;

Bless us in our baptismal calling; Christ’s royal priesthood help us share.

Turn us from ev’ry false allegiance, That we may trust in Christ alone:

Raise up in us a chosen people Transformed by love to be Your own.

Invocation

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

   We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Genesis 22:1–18

1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

15And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading James 1:12–18

12Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel Mark 1:9–15

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

12The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn of the Day - 418 O Lord, throughout These Forty Days

1 O Lord, throughout these forty days You prayed and kept the fast;

Inspire repentance for our sin, And free us from our past.

2 You strove with Satan, and You won; Your faithfulness endured;

Lend us Your nerve, Your skill and trust In God’s eternal Word.

3 Though parched and hungry, yet You prayed And fixed Your mind above;

So teach us to deny ourselves, Since we have known God’s love.

4 Be with us through this season, Lord, And all our earthly days,

That when the final Easter dawns, We join in heaven’s praise.

Sermon – “The Purpose of Jesus’ Temptation”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in 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.

Prayer of the Church

Service of the Sacrament

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

At Your command, Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice on the mountain; yet, in mercy You provided a ram as a substitute. We give You thanks that on Calvary You spared not Your only Son but sent Him to offer His life as a ransom for many.

As we eat and drink His body and blood, grant us, like Abraham our father, to trust in Your promise now fulfilled in Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

Lord’s Prayer

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn to Depart - 702 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

1 My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray; Take all my guilt away;

O let me from this day. Be wholly Thine!

2 May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart; My zeal inspire!

As Thou hast died for me, Oh, may my love to Thee

Pure, warm, and changeless be, A living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread And griefs around me spread, Be Thou my guide;

Bid darkness turn to day, Wipe sorrow’s tears away,

Nor let me ever stray. From Thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream, When death’s cold, sullen stream

Shall o’er me roll, Blest Savior, then, in love, Fear and distrust remove;

O bear me safe above, A ransomed soul!




The Transfiguration of Our Lord - February 14, 2021

Hymn LSB 413 O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair

O wondrous type! O vision fair, Of glory that the Church may share

Which Christ upon the mountain shows, Where brighter than the sun He glows!

With Moses and Elijah nigh, The_incarnate Lord holds converse high;

And from the cloud the Holy One, Bears record to the only Son.

With shining face and bright array, Christ deigns to manifest today

What glory shall be theirs above, Who joy in God with perfect love.

And faithful hearts are raised on high, By this great vision’s mystery,

For which in joyful strains we raise, The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

D O Father, with the_eternal Son, And Holy Spirit ever one,

We pray Thee, bring us by Thy grace, To see Thy glory face to face.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and

cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have

sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives

you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I

therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the

Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the

unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the

Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

P Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father: We worship You, we give You

thanks, we praise You for Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord

God, Lamb of God: You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You are seated

at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One, You

alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the

glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O God, in the glorious transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the

faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud You

wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King in

His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus

Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 2 Kings 2:1–12

1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha

were on their way from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has

sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not

leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3 And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel

came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your

master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he

said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to

Jericho. 5 The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him,

“Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he

answered, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

6 Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But

he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them

went on. 7 Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from

them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8 Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and

struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of

them could go over on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am

taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on

me.” 10 And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from

you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” 11 And as they still went

on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah

went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father!

The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:12–18; 4:1–6

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil

over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought

to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant,

that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day

whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil

is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is

freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being

transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from

the Lord who is the Spirit.

1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have

renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with

God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to

everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to

those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the

unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the

image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves

as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has

shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus

Christ.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia,

alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 9:2–9

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the ninth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

2 After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high

mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became

radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them

Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good

that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for

Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed

them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And

suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what

they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 416 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory

Swiftly pass the clouds of glory, Heaven’s voice, the dazzling light;

Moses and Elijah vanish; Christ alone commands the height!

Peter, James, and John fall silent,Turning from the summit’s rise

Downward toward the shadowed valley, Where their Lord has fixed His eyes.

Glimpsed and gone the revelation, They shall gain and keep its truth,

Not by building on the mountain, Any shrine or sacred booth,

But by following the Savior, Through the valley to the cross

And by testing faith’s resilience, Through betrayal, pain, and loss.

Lord, transfigure our perception, With the purest light that shines,

And recast our life’s intentions, To the shape of Your designs,

Till we seek no other glory, Than what lies past Calv’ry’s hill

And our living and our dying, And our rising by Your will.

Text: © 1994 Oxford University Press. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “His Transfiguration Foreshadows Our Own”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Offertory

C What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me? I will offer the sacrifice of

thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord. I will take the cup of salvation and will

call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His

people, in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Prayer of the Church

P: Let us pray for the Church, the world, and all people in their various needs. We give thanks,

heavenly Father, that You sent Your Son to be our Savior. Bless all who proclaim His true glory

in going to the cross as the atonement for our sins. Grant that His light may shine through us

here in our congregation, wherever people of faith gather around Word and Sacrament, and

through Your servants everywhere in their public and private lives. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Lord over all, who has placed the world’s leaders in power, give them opportunity and

guidance that they may strive for peace among the nations and rededicate themselves to

human liberty and justice for their citizens. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: O Holy Spirit, bless artists and tradespeople, farmers and ranchers, scientists and

technicians; use the gifts You have given them to open our eyes to understand Your good

creation and share its blessings. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Lord Jesus, guide and protect armed forces deployed and police, fire, and first responders

at home. Give them courage and compassion so that we all may live in peace and dignity. Lord,

in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Loving Lord, hear the spoken and silent prayers of those unknown to us—the lonely and

forgotten in society, those in broken homes, and all who need nurture, justice, and dignity.

Answer them according to Your gracious will. Likewise, we pray for those near and dear to us,

[especially . . .]. Use us to surround them with Your love, that they may know Your presence to

heal and comfort. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Heavenly Father, use the Word we have heard and the Sacrament we shall receive to

strengthen the faith the Spirit has graciously placed within us. Grant us to celebrate the feast,

even as we place all these petitions before You, knowing that Your answers are better than

our prayers. Receive them all for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 417 Alleluia, Song of Gladness

Alleluia, song of gladness, Voice of joy that cannot die;

Alleluia is the anthem, Ever raised by choirs on high;

In the house of God abiding, Thus they sing eternally.

Alleluia, thou resoundest, True Jerusalem and free;

Alleluia, joyful mother, All thy children sing with thee,

But by Babylon’s sad waters, Mourning exiles now are we.

Alleluia cannot always, Be our song while here below;

Alleluia, our transgressions, Make us for a while forgo;

For the solemn time is coming, When our tears for sin must flow.

Therefore in our hymns we pray Thee, Grant us, blessèd Trinity,

At the last to keep Thine Easter, With Thy faithful saints on high;

There to Thee forever singing, Alleluia joyfully.




February 7, 2021 –5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Hymn LSB 398 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Hail to the Lord’s anointed, Great David’s greater Son!

Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression, To set the captive free,

To take away transgression, And rule in equity.

He comes with rescue speedy, To those who suffer wrong,

To help the poor and needy, And bid the weak be strong;

To give them songs for sighing, Their darkness turn to light,

Whose souls, condemned and dying, Were precious in His sight.

He shall come down like showers, Upon the fruitful earth;

Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, Spring in His path to birth.

Before Him on the mountains, Shall peace, the herald, go;

And righteousness in fountains, From hill to valley flow.

Kings shall fall down before Him, And gold and incense bring;

All nations shall adore Him, His praise all people sing.

To Him shall prayer unceasing, And daily vows ascend;

His kingdom still increasing, A kingdom without end.

O’er ev’ry foe victorious, He on His throne shall rest,

From age to age more glorious, All blessing and all-blest.

The tide of time shall never, His covenant remove;

His name shall stand forever—, That name to us is Love.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

C Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis

C To God on high be glory and peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father; Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, our heav’nly King.

  To You, O sole-begotten, the Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior, You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus; receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated at God’s right hand on high—

  For You alone are holy; You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever, be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40:21–31

21Do you not know? Do you not hear?

Has it not been told you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,

and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;

who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,

and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

23who brings princes to nothing,

and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

24Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,

scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

when he blows on them, and they wither,

and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25To whom then will you compare me,

that I should be like him? says the Holy One.

26Lift up your eyes on high and see:

who created these?

He who brings out their host by number,

calling them all by name,

by the greatness of his might,

and because he is strong in power

not one is missing.

27Why do you say, O Jacob,

and speak, O Israel,

“My way is hidden from the LORD,

and my right is disregarded by my God”?

28Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.

29He gives power to the faint,

and to him who has no might he increases strength.

30Even youths shall faint and be weary,

and young men shall fall exhausted;

31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 9:16–27

16If I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

24Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel: Mark 1:29–39

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

29Immediately [Jesus] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 586 Preach You the Word

Preach you the Word and plant it home, To men who like or like it not,

The Word that shall endure and stand, When flow’rs and men shall be forgot.

We know how hard, O Lord, the task, Your servant bade us undertake:

To preach Your Word and never ask, What prideful profit it may make.

The sower sows; his reckless love, Scatters abroad the goodly seed,

Intent alone that all may have, The wholesome loaves that all men need.

Though some be snatched and some be scorched, And some be choked and matted flat,

The sower sows; his heart cries out, “Oh, what of that, and what of that?”

Of all his scattered plenteousness, One-fourth waves ripe on hill and flat,

And bears a harvest hundredfold: “Ah, what of that, Lord, what of that!”

Preach you the Word and plant it home, And never faint; the Harvest Lord

Who gave the sower seed to sow, Will watch and tend His planted Word.

Text: © 1971 The Franzmann Family. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Why?”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church Isaiah 40:22–23, 28–29, 31

P Let us pray for people around the world in their various needs and for the Church wherever it gathers around Word and Sacrament. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” Let us ask God’s blessings on all who tend fields, flocks, and fisheries, all who protect wildlife and forests, all who tend parks and gardens.

C Creator Lord, give them a sense of Your presence to bring forth the fruits of Your good creation. Answer their prayers with good weather and bountiful harvests.

P Isaiah wrote, “(He) stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and brings princes to nothing,” Let us ask God’s blessings on governments and citizens, on armed forces and peacemakers.

C Sovereign Lord, guide and direct those in the powers that be on this earth that they may govern for the benefit of all. Give courage to those who defend freedoms and protect communities. Instill wisdom in those who make, administer, and judge laws in each nation, and those who seek peace across their borders.

P Isaiah wrote, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.” Let us ask God’s blessings on those near and dear to us, [including . . .], on all who are weary and heavy laden, all who struggle in the face of illness or injustice, all mourning the loss of family or friends, employment or home, freedom or opportunity.

C Strengthening Lord, give them an increase of faith to place their hope in Your power and love. Use doctors and nurses, counselors and emergency workers to answer their prayers with the relief, health, and comfort that fit Your gracious plans for them.

P Isaiah wrote, “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” Let us ask God’s blessings on the Church here and around the world, pastors and lay leaders, missionaries and evangelists, teachers and new Christians alike.

C Lord of the Church, protect Your people against persecution from without and indifference from within; give us all a desire to listen to Your Word, a thirst to serve with the gifts You have placed within us, and a renewal of strength to spread the news of Your gracious salvation.

P These and any other things You would have us ask of You, heavenly Father, grant to us for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benedicamus and Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of love my shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His, And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow, My ransomed soul He leadeth

And, where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me

And on His shoulder gently laid, And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill, With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,

Thy rod and staff my comfort still, Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight; Thine unction grace bestoweth;

And, oh, what transport of delight, From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days, Thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise, Within Thy house forever!

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany - January 31, 2021

Hymn LSB 583: God Has Spoken by His Prophets

God has spoken by His prophets, Spoken His unchanging Word;

Each from age to age proclaiming, God, the one, the righteous Lord.

In the world’s despair and turmoil, One firm anchor holds us fast:

God is king, His throne eternal; God the first, and God the last.

God has spoken by Christ Jesus, Christ, the everlasting Son,

Brightness of the Father’s glory, With the Father ever one;

Spoken by the Word Incarnate, God of God, before time was;

Light of Light, to earth descending, He reveals our God to us.

God is speaking by His Spirit, Speaking to our hearts again,

In the ageless Word declaring, His own message, now as then.

Through the rise and fall of nations, One sure faith yet standing fast;

God abides, His Word unchanging; God the first, and God the last.

Text: © 1953, renewed 1981 The Hymn Society, admin. Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto

God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us

forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with

which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal

punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I

pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter

sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and

merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Absolution

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the

Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of

my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son

and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Gloria Patri

C 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.

Kyrie

C Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy

upon us.

Gloria in Excelsis

P Glory be to God on high:

C and on earth peace, goodwill 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, heav’nly 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.

Salutation

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

Collect of the Day

P Let us pray.

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we

cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and

carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives

and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15–20

15“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among

you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16just as you desired of

the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not

hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I

die.’ 17And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18I will raise

up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his

mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19And whoever will not listen

to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20But the

prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to

speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1–13

1Concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.”

This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2If anyone imagines that he knows

something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But if anyone loves God, he is

known by God.

4Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no

real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5For although there may be socalled

gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many

“lords”— 6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for

whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through

whom we exist.

7However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association

with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is

defiled. 8Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and

no better off if we do. 9But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become

a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in

an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food

offered to idols? 11And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother

for whom Christ died. 12Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their

conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food makes my

brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL: Mark 1:21–28

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

21They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath [Jesus]

entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And they were astonished at his teaching,

for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately

there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24“What

have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who

you are—the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come

out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice,

came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among

themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even

the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere

throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 541 “Away from Us!” the Demon Cried

“Away from us!” the demon cried, When Christ, the Lord, drew near.

“Our dark, disordered world is lost, When You, the Light, appear!”

But Jesus spoke with God’s own pow’r;,“Come forth!” was His command;

For evil cannot bear the Light, Nor sin the Truth withstand.

O risen Christ, God’s living Word, To us, we pray, draw near.

Come, speak the truth that cleanses sin, With love that conquers fear.

Drive out the doubt that cripples faith; Expel our pride and greed

That we, from pow’rs that threaten us, May, by Your grace, be freed.

Then help us, Lord, to greet each day, With hearts and wills made new

And, when You call us forth to serve, To rise and follow You.

Text: © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Who Are You Listening To?”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Christian Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Offertory

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P: Let us pray for all people in their various needs, for the Church wherever it is

planted, and for ourselves, gathered in worship. Lord of the Church, whose Word is

power at work for all who call out to You in faith, guide and protect clergy and lay

leaders here and around the world. Give them compassionate hearts, clear minds,

appropriate words, and the wisdom to use them so that the Church grows stronger in

faith and closer to You and one another in love. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Heavenly Father, giver of life and health and peace, open our hearts and minds to

share Your bounty with one another, among our neighbors, and through the agencies

of the Church and government, with any people in need. Raise up leaders in our nation

and around the world so that poverty and hunger will be lessened and health and

human dignity increased. Protect and guide all who order society across the globe, and

give patience and resolve to forces deployed for peace across national borders. Lord,

in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: O Holy Spirit, who bestows precious gifts throughout the Church, open the eyes of

Your people to see avenues of peace and reconciliation, paths of concord and joy. We

remember our brothers and sisters who call out to You for healing of all sorts,

[including . . .]. Use the talents You have placed in counselors, health-care workers,

medical personnel, first responders, and all who are called to work as Your instruments

of care. Grant peace, health, and comfort according to Your gracious plans. Lord, in

Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Although we in no way deserve Your gracious hearing of these our petitions, Lord,

grant them for the sake of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, who has promised that what

we ask in His name will be heard at Your throne of grace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through

Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Salutation

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

Benedicamus

A Bless we the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

Hymn LSB 923 Almighty Father, Bless the Word

Almighty Father, bless the Word

Which through Your grace we now have heard.

Oh, may the precious seed take root,

Spring up, and bear abundant fruit!

We praise You for the means of grace

As homeward now our steps we trace.

Grant, Lord, that we who worshiped here

May all at last in heav’n appear.

D Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 24, 2021

Hymn LSB 395 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

O Morning Star, how fair and bright! You shine with God’s own truth and light,

Aglow with grace and mercy!

Of Jacob’s race, King David’s son, Our Lord and master, You have won

Our hearts to serve You only!

Lowly, holy! Great and glorious, all victorious, rich in blessing!

Rule and might o’er all possessing!

Come, heav’nly Bridegroom, Light divine, and deep within our hearts now shine;

There light a flame undying!

In Your one body let us be, as living branches of a tree, Your life our lives supplying.

Now, though daily, earth’s deep sadness, may perplex us and distress us,

Yet with heav’nly joy You bless us.

Lord, when You look on us in love, at once there falls from God above, a ray of purest pleasure.

Your Word and Spirit, flesh and blood, refresh our souls with heav’nly food.

You are our dearest treasure!

Let Your mercy, warm and cheer us! O draw near us! For You teach us

God’s own love through You has reached us.

Almighty Father, in Your Son, You loved us when not yet begun

Was this old earth’s foundation!

Your Son has ransomed us in love, to live in Him here and above: this is Your great salvation.

Alleluia! Christ the living, to us giving, life forever,

Keeps us Yours and fails us never!

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have

sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we

have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives

you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore

forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

A The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

A Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Jonah 3:1–5, 10

1Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. . . .

10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29–35

29This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

32I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:14-20

A The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

14After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

A This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 856 O Christ, Who Called the Twelve

O Christ, who called the Twelve, to rise and follow You,

Forsaking old, familiar ways, for ventures bold and new:

Grant us to hear Your call, to risk security

And, bound in heart and will to You, find perfect liberty.

O Christ, who taught the Twelve, the truth for ages sealed,

Whose words and works awakened faith, the ways of God revealed:

Instruct us now, we pray, by Your empow’ring Word.

True teacher, be for all who seek, their light, their life, their Lord.

O Christ, who led the Twelve, among the desolate

And broke as bread of life for all, Your love compassionate:

Lead us along the ways, where hope has nearly died

And help us climb the lonely hills, where love is crucified.

O Christ, who sent the Twelve, on roads they’d never trod

To serve, to suffer, teach, proclaim, the nearer reign of God:

Send us on ways where faith, transcends timidity,

Where love informs and hope sustains, both life and ministry.

O Christ, the_apostles’ Lord, the martyrs’ strength and song,

The crucified and risen King, to whom the saints belong:

Though generations pass, our tribute still we bring,

Our hymns a sacrifice of praise, our lives an offering.

Text: © 1993 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “God Works Through Imperfect People”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. God, the center of our lives, help us to recollect the parts of ourselves from the compartments of isolation in which we hide, returning to You who are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P God, the center of our lives, Jesus announced the presence of Your gracious reign among us here on earth. Turn our hearts and the hearts of all people to You that we all may come to trust in Your mercy through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P God, the center of our lives, send forth faithful preachers of Your Law and Gospel. Help pastors, missionaries, and all Your baptized children to see ourselves as fishers of men in our daily callings and vocations. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P God, the center of our lives, bring healing and hope to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Grant them patience in every affliction and hearts that rest in Your unfailing love, trusting that underneath it all are Your everlasting arms. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P God, the center of our lives, as we return to the center of our life together around Your Table for the Lamb’s high feast, remind us that Jesus is the center of everything. By Him all things were created, and in Him all things hold together, including every part of our lives and all our relationships. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 411 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus.

God set the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus.

In Him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus.

Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father.

In Him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ. I want to be with Jesus.

When we have run with patience the race, we shall know the joy of Jesus.

In Him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

Text: © 1970, 1975 Celebration. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114




January 17, 2021 –2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

Sanctity of Life Sunday

 

Hymn LSB 847 Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing

Christ, our human likeness sharing, heaven’s love on earth portrayed;

Christ the Shepherd, tending, caring, in His death our ransom paid:

Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant, be Your life in us displayed.

 

Hear the word that Christ has spoken, help the weak, the hungry feed;

See the pow’rs of darkness broken, sinners pardoned, captives freed:

Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant, help us meet our neighbor’s need.

 

Christ, in ev’ry congregation, build Your temple, stone by stone,

With Your word as firm foundation, for a faith matured and grown:

Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant, make in us Your Gospel known.

 

Come, O living Christ, renew us, as of old in wind and flame;

With the Spirit’s pow’r endue us, servants of Your saving name:

Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant, Christ whose kingdom we proclaim.

Text: © 2003 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

 

P       If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C       But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P       Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

 

Confession of Sins

C       Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

C   Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

C      To God on high be glory and peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father; Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, our heav’nly King.

 

    To You, O sole-begotten, the Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior, You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus; receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated at God’s right hand on high—

 

    For You alone are holy; You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever, be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  1 Samuel 3:1-10

                1The young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

            2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

            4Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

            6And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

            8And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the young man. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

            10And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading                  1 Corinthians 6:12-20

                12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Holy Gospel            John 1:43-51

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

                43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 844 Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace

Lord of all nations, grant me grace to love all people, ev’ry race;

And in each person may I see my kindred, loved, redeemed by Thee.

 

Break down the wall that would divide Thy children, Lord, on ev’ry side.

My neighbor’s good let me pursue; let Christian love bind warm and true.

 

Forgive me, Lord, where I have erred by loveless act and thoughtless word.

Make me to see the wrong I do will grieve my wounded Lord anew.

 

Give me Thy courage, Lord, to speak whenever strong oppress the weak.

Should I myself the victim be, help me forgive, rememb’ring Thee.

 

With Thine own love may I be filled and by Thy Holy Spirit willed,

That all I touch, where’er I be, may be divinely touched by Thee.

Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Sermon – “From Invisible to Indispensable

 

Nicene Creed

C       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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

P For the Holy Christian Church, gathered here and scattered throughout the world, that by the grace of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we may believe and rejoice that He creates, redeems, and calls every human life as His own precious treasure, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For our Christian witness, that this Gospel of Jesus Christ may motivate us to speak His truth and show His love to every neighbor, no matter what age, appearance, or ability, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this land and its authorities, that God grant them wisdom, nobility, and responsibility to safeguard in policy and practice the sanctity of every member of our race, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all medical professionals, that our Savior lend them His own courage and compassion to deliver relief and health, and to reject every temptation to use death as a solution to suffering, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those scheduled for abortion, those experiencing surprise pregnancies, those awaiting adoption, those enduring chronic pain, and those approaching death, that our Heavenly Father sustain them in their distresses and open our hearts and hands to embrace, accompany, and encourage them, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who permit, promote, and participate in abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and other violences against life, and especially for those whose hearts have been broken by the abortion of their own children, that God forgive them and turn them from their sin to receive His healing, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For our brothers and sisters suffering injuries, illnesses, or disabilities (especially…), that the good Lord visit them in their affliction through the fellowship of His body, preserve their life and their faith, and grant both quick remedy and complete recovery, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For any among us who celebrate gifts of life and family, that they exult with us in these blessings as tokens of forgiveness in Christ Jesus and foretastes of resurrection to everlasting life in the new creation, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       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.

 

Benedicamus and Benediction

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

1     Praise the One who breaks the darkness with a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the pris’ners, turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel, healing ev’ry dread disease,
Calming storms, and feeding thousands with the very Bread of peace.

 

2     Praise the One who blessed the children with a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons with the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water to the desert’s burning sand;
From this Well comes living water, quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

 

3     Let us praise the Word Incarnate, Christ, who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose victorious that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness, seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer, praise the One who makes us one.

Text: © 1987 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

 




The Baptism of Our Lord - January 10, 2021

 

Hymn LSB 404 Jesus, Once with Sinners Numbered

Jesus, once with sinners numbered,

Had no blemish of His own;

In the waters of the Jordan

His true worth and work were shown:

Heaven opened and the Spirit

There descended like a dove,

As the Father’s voice resounded,

“Hear My Son, the One I love.”

 

John confessed Him as the Savior—

“Look, the sinless Lamb of God!”

Yet he dared not loose the sandals

Of the One God’s love had shod.

Oh, how fair the feet of Jesus,

Bringing news of peace to us,

Christ, the herald of salvation,

Preaching mercy from the cross:

 

This the baptism that our Savior

Greatly longed to undergo;

This the crimson cleansing needed

So the world God’s love might know;

This the mission of Messiah

As He stepped from Jordan’s stream,

He, the chosen and anointed

Son of God, sent to redeem.

 

Jesus, once with sinners numbered,

Full obedience was Your path;

You, by death, have consecrated

Water in this saving bath:

Dying to the sin of Adam,

Rising to a life of grace;

We are counted with the righteous,

Over us the cross You trace.

Text: © 1999 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

C       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.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

P       Glory be to God on high:

C       and on earth peace, goodwill 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, heav’nly 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.

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And with thy spirit.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray.

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading:    Genesis 1:1–5

          1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

          3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading:        Romans 6:1–11

          1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

          5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 


 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

HOLY GOSPEL:         Mark 1:4–11

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

          9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

God’s own child, I gladly say it:

I am baptized into Christ!

He, because I could not pay it,

Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any

That brought me salvation free
Lasting to eternity!

 

Sin, disturb my soul no longer:

I am baptized into Christ!

I have comfort even stronger:

Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.

Should a guilty conscience seize me

Since my Baptism did release me

In a dear forgiving flood,

Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

 


 

Satan, hear this proclamation:

I am baptized into Christ!

Drop your ugly accusation,

I am not so soon enticed.

Now that to the font I’ve traveled,

All your might has come unraveled,

And, against your tyranny,

God, my Lord, unites with me!

 

Death, you cannot end my gladness:\

I am baptized into Christ!

When I die, I leave all sadness

To inherit paradise!

Though I lie in dust and ashes

Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:

Baptism has the strength divine

To make life immortal mine.

 

There is nothing worth comparing

To this lifelong comfort sure!

Open-eyed my grave is staring:

Even there I’ll sleep secure.

Though my flesh awaits its raising,

Still my soul continues praising:

I am baptized into Christ;

I’m a child of paradise!

Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Sermon – “God is at Work in Baptism”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

                   maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

C         Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P       Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we praise You for Your whole creation, for the beauty of the earth and for the orderly passage of days. As sin has brought only chaos and disorder to the lives of all, You therefore sent Your Son who, by Your Word and Spirit, has restored Your world through His cross and resurrection. Bring that same restoration to the lives of all those baptized into Christ that we may live our days in peace and joy. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Guard and bless those You continually send in Your name to proclaim the restoration of life through Your Word and Sacraments. Send Your Holy Spirit upon them as they preach Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, to the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Send Your light and truth to guide all in the authority of government that darkness and injustice not prevail but rather justice and peace through the faithful use of the law. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Give courage and comfort to all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or trials, [especially . . .). Set them free in the forgiveness of their sins to faithfully look to You, the God of peace, healing, and life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

Individual petitions may be added here.

 

P       We give You thanks for all those baptized into Christ who have gone before us and are now set free from sin in the presence of Your mercy. In fellowship with all Your saints, bring us to the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;

through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       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.

 

Salutation

P   The Lord be with you.

C   And with thy spirit.

 

Benedicamus

A   Bless we the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

 


 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C       Amen, amen, amen.

 

Hymn LSB 405 To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord

To Jordan’s river came our Lord,

The Christ, whom heav’nly hosts adored,

The God from God, the Light from Light,

The Lord of glory, pow’r, and might.

 

The Savior came to be baptized—

The Son of God in flesh disguised—

To stand beneath the Father’s will

And all His righteousness fulfill.

 

As Jesus in the Jordan stood

And John baptized the Lamb of God,

The Holy Spirit, heav’nly dove,

Descended on Him from above.

 

Then from God’s throne with thund’rous sound

Came God’s own voice with words profound:

“This is My Son,” was His decree,

“The one I love, who pleases Me.”

 

The Father’s word, the Spirit’s flight

Anointed Christ in glorious sight

As God’s own choice, from Adam’s fall

To save the world and free us all.

 

Now rise, faint hearts, be resolute;

This man is Christ, our substitute!

He was baptized in Jordan’s stream,

Proclaimed Redeemer, Lord supreme.

Text: © 1993 James P. Tiefel. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 


 



The Epiphany of Our Lord (Observed) January 3, 2021

Hymn LSB 394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise,

Manifested by the star, to the sages from afar,

Branch of royal David’s stem, in Thy birth at Bethlehem:

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;

And at Cana wedding guest, in Thy Godhead manifest;

Manifest in pow’r divine, changing water into wine;

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole, palsied limbs and fainting soul;

Manifest in valiant fight, quelling all the devil’s might;

Manifest in gracious will, ever bringing good from ill;

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be, stars shall fall, the heav’ns shall flee;

Christ will then like lightning shine, all will see His glorious sign;

All will then the trumpet hear, all will see the Judge appear;

Thou by all wilt be confessed, God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord, present in Thy holy Word—

Grace to imitate Thee now and be pure, as pure art Thou;

That we might become like Thee, at Thy great epiphany

And may praise Thee, ever blest, God in man made manifest.

Text: Public domain

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

A In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

A Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father: We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God: You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

A The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

A Let us pray. O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 60:1–6

1Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.

3And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

4Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from afar,

and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

5Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and exult,

because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Ephesians 3:1–12

1For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Video – “The Fourth Wise Man” by The Skit Guys

Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

A The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the second chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

A This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 839 O Christ, Our True and Only Light

O Christ, our true and only light, enlighten those who sit in night;

Let those afar now hear Your voice, and in Your fold with us rejoice.

Fill with the radiance of Your grace, the souls now lost in error’s maze;

Enlighten those whose inmost minds, some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

O gently call those gone astray, that they may find the saving way!

Let ev’ry conscience sore oppressed, in You find peace and heav’nly rest.

Shine on the darkened and the cold; recall the wand’rers to Your fold.

Unite all those who walk apart; confirm the weak and doubting heart,

That they with us may evermore, such grace with wond’ring thanks adore

And endless praise to You be giv’n, by all Your Church in earth and heav’n.

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Sermon – “A Gift For Us – To Be Shared”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Offertory

C What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For the peace of the whole world, that wars cease and that people of every nation find lasting, perfect peace in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all nations.

P For those who profess faith in Jesus Christ in every corner of creation, that the journey of the Wise Men inspires us to follow the light of the Gospel and spread the Word of salvation throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon Your Church.

P For those who lead and guide us in our congregations, schools and seminaries, that they be strengthened in their service to the Church in honor and praise to Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon Your servants.

P For those who bring their tithes and offerings to the Lord that, like the gold, frankincense, and myrrh of the Wise Men, these gifts be pleasing in God’s sight and provide many blessings to His Church, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all who give.

P For those who lay down their lives for their fellow men and women, including first responders, members of law enforcement, doctors and nurses, and those who wear the uniform of our country, that they take shelter in the arms of our Savior, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon those who sacrifice their lives.

P For those who are sick and hospitalized, shut-in and homebound, and for all who are sick in heart, mind, and body, that their lives be touched by our Father’s healing mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all those who suffer.

P For these and all other prayers and intercessions we have, that the petitions of our hearts may be known to the One who knows and loves us all, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light lead us to You. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 400 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining; low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;

Angels adore Him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

Shall we not yield Him, in costly devotion, fragrance of Edom and off’rings divine,

Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean, myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation, vainly with gifts would His favor secure.

Richer by far is the heart’s adoration; dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.




December 20, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Hymn: Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord LSB 352

Let the earth now praise the Lord,

Who has truly kept His word

And at last to us did send

Christ, the sinner’s help and friend.

What the fathers most desired,

What the prophets’ heart inspired,

What they longed for many_a year,

Stands fulfilled in glory here.

Abram’s promised great reward,

Zion’s helper, Jacob’s Lord—

Him of twofold race behold—

Truly came, as long foretold.

As Your coming was in peace,

Quiet, full of gentleness,

Let the same mind dwell in me

Which is Yours eternally.

Bruise for me the serpent’s head

That, set free from doubt and dread,

I may cling to You in faith,

Safely kept through life and death.

Then when You will come again

As the glorious king to reign,

I with joy will see Your face,

Freely ransomed by Your grace.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16

1Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”

4But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. . . .

16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: Romans 16:25–27

25Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came LSB 356

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:

“All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

 “For know a blessèd mother thou shalt be,

All generations laud and honor thee;

Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,

Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;

“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said.

“My soul shall laud and magnify God’s holy name.”

Most highly favored lady,

    Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born

In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,

And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:

“Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

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Sermon – “The True Nature of a Servant”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

Pastor: Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and grant us love.

Lord of love, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and birth, but also in His body and blood. Make us ever ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You have instructed us to pray for workers in your harvest field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them, granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, or give them grace to accept tribulation, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, thank You for calling us to be Your people through Holy Baptism. Make us ready to receive Your Supper as we remember the One who is truly present in this Meal as He comes to us in Holy Communion. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

People: Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Lord’s Prayer

P Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, and grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and keep you steadfast in the one true faith to life everlasting. Live T in God’s peace.

C Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

C O Lord, now let Your servant, depart in heav’nly peace,

For I have seen the glory, of Your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the Gentiles, unto Your holy hill,

The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.

All glory to the Father, all glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit, forever Three in One;

For as in the beginning, is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding, through all eternity.

Post-Communion Collect

P We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benedicamus and Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You LSB 334

O Lord, how shall I meet You,

    How welcome You aright?

Your people long to greet You,

    My hope, my heart’s delight!

O kindle, Lord most holy,

    Your lamp within my breast

To do in spirit lowly

    All that may please You best.

Your Zion strews before You

    Green boughs and fairest palms;

And I too will adore You

    With joyous songs and psalms.

My heart shall bloom forever

    For You with praises new

And from Your name shall never

    Withhold the honor due.

I lay in fetters, groaning;

    You came to set me free.

I stood, my shame bemoaning;

    You came to honor me.

A glorious crown You give me,

    A treasure safe on high

That will not fail or leave me

    As earthly riches fly.

Love caused Your incarnation;

    Love brought You down to me.

Your thirst for my salvation

    Procured my liberty.

Oh, love beyond all telling,

    That led You to embrace

In love, all love excelling,

    Our lost and fallen race.

Sin’s debt, that fearful burden,

    Cannot His love erase;

Your guilt the Lord will pardon

    And cover by His grace.

He comes, for you procuring

    The peace of sin forgiv’n,

His children thus securing

    Eternal life in heav’n.

He comes to judge the nations,

    A terror to His foes,

A light of consolations

    And blessèd hope to those

Who love the Lord’s appearing.

    O glorious Sun, now come,

Send forth Your beams so cheering,

    And guide us safely home.

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December 13, 2020 – Third Sunday in Advent

Hymn: Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding LSB 345

Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding! “Christ is near,” we hear it say.

“Cast away the works of darkness, All you children of the day!”

Startled at the solemn warning, Let the earthbound soul arise;

Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling, Shines upon the morning skies.

See, the Lamb, so long expected, Comes with pardon down from heav’n.

Let us haste, with tears of sorrow, One and all, to be forgiv’n;

So, when next He comes in glory, And the world is wrapped in fear,

He will shield us with His mercy, And with words of love draw near.

DHonor, glory, might, dominion, To the Father and the Son

  With the ever-living Spirit, While eternal ages run!

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities

with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and

eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of

them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy,

innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be

gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Absolution

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained

servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead

and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name

of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

4They shall build up the ancient ruins;

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations. . . .

8For I the LORD love justice;

I hate robbery and wrong;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,

and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,

and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge them,

that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.

10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;

my soul shall exult in my God,

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

to sprout up before all the nations.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL: John 1:6–8, 19–28

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. . . .

19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn: What Hope! An Eden Prophesied LSB 342

What hope! An Eden prophesied

Where tame live with the wild;

The lamb and lion side by side,

Led by a little child!

A shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stem,

A branch from David’s line,

A Prince of Peace in Bethlehem:

The fruit of God’s design.

As banner of God’s love unfurled,

Christ came to suffer loss,

That by His death a dying world

Would rally to the cross.

Come, Jesus, come, Messiah Lord,

Lost Paradise restore;

Lead past the angel’s flaming sword—

Come, open heaven’s door.

Text: © 1998 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Rejoice in God’s Redundant Word”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For the gift of God’s peace to rest upon all His saints, that we may know the blessing of His forgiveness in the cross and resurrection of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, which is the communion of saints, remembering especially those who have gone home to heaven, that the saving Gospel of Christ may be proclaimed both here and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, send forth Your saving Word.

P For our native land, our local community, and for all who lead and govern us, that the saints of God may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, grant Your favor to our land.

P For all those who are in need, for those who hunger both physically and spiritually, and for all those who feel lost and are without a home, that they may come to the Father’s house of mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, guide us unto You.

P For those who are sick, hospitalized, and homebound, for those who are recovering from surgery and for those who await procedures in the coming days, that they may be consoled by the faithful care of the Great Physician, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, give healing and strength to all who are in need.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that coming before our faithful Father, we may take refuge in His never-failing care for all His saints, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, we give You thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn: Hark the Glad Sound LSB 349 LSB 349 LSB 349

Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,

The Savior promised long;

Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne

And ev’ry voice a song.

He comes the pris’ners to release,

In Satan’s bondage held.

The gates of brass before Him burst,

The iron fetters yield.

He comes the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure,

And with the treasures of His grace

To enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim,

And heav’n’s eternal arches ring

With Thy belovèd name.

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December 6, 2020 – Second Sunday in Advent

Hymn LSB 338 - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art,

Dear desire of ev’ry nation, Joy of ev’ry longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver; Born a child and yet a king!

Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all-sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done

and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole

heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your

present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have

mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your

will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake

forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His

authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the

T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 40:1–11

1Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her

that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

3A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together,

for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.

7The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it;

surely the people are grass.

8The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

9Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;

lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news;

lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah,

“Behold your God!”

10Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him;

behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

11He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms;

he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 2 Peter 3:8–14

8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:1–8

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 344 - On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Announces that the Lord is nigh;

Awake and hearken, for he brings

Glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin;

Make straight the way for God within,

And let us all our hearts prepare

For Christ to come and enter there.

We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord,

Our refuge and our great reward;

Without Thy grace we waste away

Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

Lay on the sick Thy healing hand

And make the fallen strong to stand;

Show us the glory of Thy face

Till beauty springs in ev’ry place.

D All praise, eternal Son, to Thee

   Whose advent sets Thy people free,

   Whom with the Father we adore

   And Holy Spirit evermore.

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Sermon – “How Do We React to Warnings?”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and grant us peace. Lord of peace, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and birth, but also in His body and blood. Make us ever ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You have instructed us to pray for workers in Your harvest field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them, granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, thank You for calling us to be Your people through Holy Baptism. Make us ready to receive Your Supper as we remember the One who is truly present in this Meal as He comes to us in Holy Communion. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

C Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen. 

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Post-Communion Collect

P Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 347 - Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

“Comfort, comfort ye My people, Speak ye peace,” thus saith our God;

“Comfort those who sit in darkness, Mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.

Speak ye to Jerusalem Of the peace that waits for them;

Tell her that her sins I cover And her warfare now is over.”

Yea, her sins our God will pardon, Blotting out each dark misdeed;

All that well deserved His anger He no more will see or heed.

She hath suffered many_a day, Now her griefs have passed away;

God will change her pining sadness Into ever-springing gladness.

Hark, the herald’s voice is crying In the desert far and near,

Calling sinners to repentance, Since the Kingdom now is here.

O that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;

Let the valleys rise to meet Him And the hills bow down to greet Him.

Make ye straight what long was crooked; Make the rougher places plain.

Let your hearts be true and humble, As befits His holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord Now o’er earth is shed abroad,

And all flesh shall see the token That His Word is never broken.

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November 29, 2020 – First Sunday in Advent

Hymn LSB 331 The Advent of Our King

The advent of our King, our prayers must now employ,

And we must hymns of welcome sing, in strains of holy joy.

The everlasting Son, Incarnate deigns to be,

Himself a servant’s form puts on, to set His servants free.

O Zion’s daughter, rise, to meet your lowly King,

Nor let your faithless heart despise, the peace He comes to bring.

As judge, on clouds of light, He soon will come again

And His true members all unite, with Him in heav’n to reign.

Before the dawning day, let sin’s dark deeds be gone,

The sinful self be put away, the new self now put on.

D All glory to the Son, Who comes to set us free,

With Father, Spirit, ever one, through all eternity.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 64:1-9

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. 5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. 8But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 11:1-10

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eleventh chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Word of God, come down on earth, living rain from heav’n descending;

Touch our hearts and bring to birth, faith and hope and love unending.

Word almighty, we revere You; Word made flesh, we long to hear You.

Word eternal, throned on high, Word that brought to life creation,

Word that came from heav’n to die, crucified for our salvation,

Saving Word, the world restoring, speak to us, Your love outpouring.

Word that caused blind eyes to see, speak and heal our mortal blindness;

Deaf we are: our healer be; loose our tongues to tell Your kindness.

Be our Word in pity spoken, heal the world, by sin now broken.

Word that speaks God’s tender love, one with God beyond all telling,

Word that sends us from above, God the Spirit, with us dwelling,

Word of truth, to all truth lead us; Word of life, with one bread feed us.

Text: © 1969 OCP Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “The Three-Fold Coming of Our Lord”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and

grant us hope. Lord of hope, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that

we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and

birth. Make us ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s

redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who

brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it

may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You have instructed us to pray for workers in Your harvest

field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be

proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip

individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the

men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them,

granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and

honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to

Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor

upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, or give them

grace to accept tribulation, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in

Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, give us grace to trust You during these times of great distress.

In mercy, put an end to this pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who

suffer, and comfort all who mourn. Sustain all medical personnel and other frontline

workers, and build up in us concern and care for one another. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your

mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we

come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 332 Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the nations, come, virgin’s Son, make here Your home!

Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.

Not by human flesh and blood, by the Spirit of our God,

Was the Word of God made flesh— woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.

Here a maid was found with child, yet remained a virgin mild.

In her womb this truth was shown: God was there upon His throne.

Then stepped forth the Lord of all, from His pure and kingly hall;

God of God, yet fully man, His heroic course began.

God the Father was His source, back to God He ran His course.

Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown.

For You are the Father’s Son, who in flesh the vict’ry won.

By Your mighty pow’r make whole, all our ills of flesh and soul.

From the manger newborn light, shines in glory through the night.

Darkness there no more resides; in this light faith now abides.

D Glory to the Father sing, glory to the Son, our king,

Glory to the Spirit be, now and through eternity.




November 22, 2020 – Confirmation Sunday /

Last Sunday of the Church Year

Hymn LSB 725 Children of the Heavenly Father

Children of the heav’nly Father, safely in His bosom gather;

Nestling bird nor star in heaven, such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish; in His holy courts they flourish.

From all evil things He spares them; in His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever, from the Lord His children sever;

Unto them His grace He showeth, and their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh;

His the loving purpose solely, to preserve them pure and holy.

Text: © Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities

with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and

eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of

them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy,

innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be

gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Absolution

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained

servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead

and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name

of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Adam Daniel Michels

Old Testament Reading Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24

11“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. . . .

20“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Addison Ella Kaukinen

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Grace Faith Violet Hintikka

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

31[Jesus said:] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 687 Thine Forever, God of Love

Thine forever, God of love! Hear us from Thy throne above;

Thine forever may we be, here and in eternity!

Thine forever! Oh, how blest, they who find in Thee their rest!

Savior, guardian, heav’nly friend, O defend us to the end!

Thine forever, Lord of Life! Shield us through our earthly strife.

Thou, the life, the truth, the way, guide us to the realms of day.

Thine forever! Shepherd, keep, these Thy frail and trembling sheep;

Safe alone beneath Thy care, let us all Thy goodness share.

Thine forever! Thou our guide, all our wants by Thee supplied,

All our sins by Thee forgiv’n; lead us, Lord, from earth to heav’n.

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Sermon – “How God Comes to Us”

Rite of Confirmation

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. We pray for the whole Christian community around the world that, as people united in faith, we may witness to the good news that is ours in Christ Jesus. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for all nations of the earth, that in those places where strife and discord rule, there may be peace. And we pray for our own nation, that it may seek to bring that which is good and God-pleasing about in every global situation. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for all those who labor in the fields of the Lord, that the Good Shepherd would lead them to pleasant pastures and give them joy in their callings. And we pray that the God of all grace would continue to raise up men and women to serve in vocations of service in the Church. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for our lives and for the situations in which we are placed day by day at home, in the workplace, in schools, or wherever our paths lead us, that we may be peacemakers and peace bringers, carrying out the command to love one another as our Lord has loved us. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for Grace, Addison and Adam, as they have professed their faith and will receive the Lord’s body and blood for the first time. Continue to provide for all of their needs of body and soul. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for the special needs of this day, including health and family concerns, joys and sorrows, and all that is on our hearts. We remember especially the Salmi and Miller families. Wrap them in the consolation of your love and promise of eternal life. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P With gratitude, we remember all those who have completed their earthly journeys in faith, whose witness remains to bless and inspire us. May we with confidence follow in their footsteps and be led by the Holy Spirit. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them up unto the Lord.

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.

C It is meet and right so to do.

Proper Preface

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Lord’s Prayer

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

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

Distribution

Nunc Dimittis

C 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.

Thanksgiving

P O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,

C and His mercy endureth forever.

P Let us pray. O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Salutation and Benedicamus

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Bless we the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

Hymn LSB 829 Christ the Eternal Lord

Christ the eternal Lord, whose promise here we claim,

Whose gifts of grace are freely poured, on all who name Your name;

With thankfulness and praise, we stand before Your throne,

Intent to serve You all our days, and make Your glory known.

Christ the unchanging Word, to ev’ry passing age,

Whose timeless teachings still are heard, set forth on Scripture’s page;

Transform our thought and mind, enlighten all who read,

Within Your Word by faith to find, the bread of life indeed.

Christ the redeeming Son, who shares our human birth,

And by His death salvation won, for ev’ry child of earth;

Inspire our hearts, we pray, to tell Your love abroad,

That all may honor Christ today, and follow Him as Lord.

Christ the unfading Light, of everlasting day,

Our Morning Star in splendor bright, the Life, the Truth, the Way;

That light of truth You give, to servants as to friends,

Your way to walk, Your life to live, till earth’s brief journey ends.

Christ the ascended King, exalted high above,

Whose praise unending ages sing, whom yet unseen we love;

When mortal life is past, Your voice from heaven’s throne

Shall call Your children home at last, to know as we are known.



November 15, 2020 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 914 Light of Light, O Sole-Begotten

Light of Light, O Sole-Begotten, radiance of the Father’s face,

Word made flesh, who lived among us, full of truth and full of grace,

Shine upon our human darkness; pierce the night that shrouds our race.

Word eternal, through Your being, God created all we see,

When the empty spaces echoed, with the Father’s “Let there be . . . ”

Light and life burst from the glorious, power of Your majesty!

Still Your brooding Spirit hovers, over chaos, dark and deep,

Calling out with invitation: “Rise, awaken from your sleep;

Christ the Lord will shine upon you, and from death your soul shall keep.”

Come, Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, in our hearts Your work begin,

Bring the healing restoration, of Your image lost by sin;

From Your fullness all receiving, grace on grace, new life within!

Text: © 1992 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done

and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole

heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your

present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have

mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your

will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake

forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His

authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the

T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Zephaniah 1:7–16

7Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. 8And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice - “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. 9On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud. 10“On that day,” declares the LORD, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’

13Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there.

15A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel Matthew 25:14-30

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

14[Jesus said:] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 515 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;

The evening is advancing, and darker night is near.

The Bridegroom is arising, and soon is drawing nigh.

Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry.

The watchers on the mountain, proclaim the Bridegroom near;

Go forth as He approaches, with alleluias clear.

The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.

Arise, O heirs of glory; the Bridegroom is at hand.

The saints, who here in patience, their cross and suff’rings bore,

Shall live and reign forever, when sorrow is no more.

Around the throne of glory, the Lamb they shall behold;

In triumph cast before Him, their diadems of gold.

Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;

Arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.

With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see

The day of earth’s redemption, that sets Your people free!

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Sermon – “How Do You See God?”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. We bless You, O God, for the gift of the Church, our place of nurture and of refuge. May the Church continue to be faithful in sharing the message of salvation and in distributing the gifts You have for Your people. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P We thank You, O God, for the world in which we live and for the human family of which we are a part. May all who are in positions of leadership around the world find ways that lead to peace and security. Help us to be bringers of light into places that are darkened, that our lives may be marked by service in the name of Christ, who has served us with love and forgiveness. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P When You created the world, O God, You called it good. We know that sin has darkened and marred much of that original good creation. Direct our ways, O God, toward a respectful use of the earth, that we may be faithful stewards in our time, leaving a legacy for those who come after us until the time of the return of Christ, who will establish a new heaven and a new earth. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You know all things. You know our needs and the needs of others even before we speak of them with words or in our hearts. Hear our petitions for those who are hospitalized or ill, for those who are shut in or find their lives limited in some way, for those whose work is unfulfilling or who have no work at all, for those who are grieving on this day, and for those who seek some special blessing, that their lives may know Your presence. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 784 Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move, at the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for Thee,

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing, always, only for my King;

Take my lips and let them be, filled with messages from Thee,

Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect and use, ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose,

Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour, at Thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for Thee,

Ever, only, all for Thee.

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November 8, 2020 –23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 575 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In ev’ry high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant and blood, support me in the raging flood;

When ev’ry earthly prop gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone, redeemed to stand before His throne!

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Amos 5:18–24

18Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!

Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light,

19as if a man fled from a lion,

and a bear met him,

or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,

and a serpent bit him.

20Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,

and gloom with no brightness in it?

21“I hate, I despise your feasts,

and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,

I will not accept them;

and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,

I will not look upon them.

23Take away from me the noise of your songs;

to the melody of your harps I will not listen.

24But let justice roll down like waters,

and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 25:1-13

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1[Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

“Wake, awake, for night is flying,” the watchmen on the heights are crying;

“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”

Midnight hears the welcome voices, and at the thrilling cry rejoices:

“Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise?

The Bridegroom comes, awake! Your lamps with gladness take! Alleluia!

With bridal care, yourselves prepare, to meet the Bridegroom, who is near.”

Zion hears the watchmen singing, and all her heart with joy is springing;

She wakes, she rises from her gloom.

For her Lord comes down all-glorious, the strong in grace, in truth victorious;

Her star is ris’n, her light is come.

Now come, Thou Blessed One, Lord Jesus, God’s own Son, hail! Hosanna!

We enter all, the wedding hall, to eat the Supper at Thy call.

Now let all the heav’ns adore Thee, let saints and angels sing before Thee

With harp and cymbals’ clearest tone.

Of one pearl each shining portal, where, joining with the choir immortal,

We gather round Thy radiant throne.

No eye has seen the light, no ear has heard the might, of Thy glory;

Therefore will we, eternally, sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee!

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Sermon – “Being Wise About Salvation”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. We pray for the Church, the gathering of God’s forgiven people, that we may support and encourage one another as we await the day of the Lord’s return.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray for our nation, our province, our local community, and our neighborhoods. May justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream in our courts and in all centers of government, that we may lead lives that are peaceful and peaceable.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray for all those with special needs in these times, including the sick and hospitalized, the shut-ins, those facing challenges in employment or in any other parts of their lives, that their needs may be met according to God’s gracious plan. This day we remember all those in need of our prayers.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray, O Lord, that we may use all of the good gifts You have given us with thanksgiving, caring for our own bodies, using the talents we have been given, and seeking to be the neighbors and friends You have designed us to be.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We thank You, Lord, for the witness left to us by Your saints, those we have known personally in our lives and those from times past whose witness continues to inspire and inform us. May Your Holy Spirit lead us each day to be those people who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with You as we await the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

Lord’s Prayer

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, and grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and keep you steadfast in the one true faith to life everlasting. Live T in God’s peace.

C Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

C O Lord, now let Your servant, depart in heav’nly peace,

For I have seen the glory, of Your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the Gentiles, unto Your holy hill,

The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.

All glory to the Father, all glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit, forever Three in One;

For as in the beginning, is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding, through all eternity.

Post-Communion Collect

P We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benedicamus and Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 758 The Will of God Is Always Best

The will of God is always best, and shall be done forever;

And they who trust in Him are blest; He will forsake them never.

He helps indeed, in time of need; He chastens with forbearing.

They who depend, on God, their friend, shall not be left despairing.

God is my comfort and my trust, my hope and life abiding;

And to His counsel, wise and just, I yield, in Him confiding.

The very hairs, His Word declares, upon my head He numbers.

By night and day, God is my stay; He never sleeps nor slumbers.

Lord, this I ask, O hear my plea, deny me not this favor:

When Satan sorely troubles me, then do not let me waver.

O guard me well, my fear dispel, fulfill Your faithful saying:

All who believe, by grace receive, an answer to their praying.

When life’s brief course on earth is run, and I this world am leaving,

Grant me to say, “Your will be done,” Your faithful Word believing.

My dearest Friend, I now commend; my soul into Your keeping;

From sin and hell, and death as well, by You the vict’ry reaping.




November 1, 2020 – All Saints’ Day

Hymn LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song!

Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong.

All around the clouds are breaking; soon the storms of time shall cease;

In God’s likeness we awaken, knowing everlasting peace.

Oh, what glory, far exceeding, all that eye has yet perceived!

Holiest hearts for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived.

God has promised, Christ prepares it; there on high our welcome waits.

Ev’ry humble spirit shares it, Christ has passed the_eternal gates.

Life eternal! Heav’n rejoices: Jesus lives who once was dead.

Shout with joy, O deathless voices! Child of God, lift up your head!

Life eternal! Oh, what wonders, crowd on faith; what joy unknown,

When, amid earth’s closing thunders, saints shall stand before the throne!

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities

with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and

eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of

them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy,

innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be

gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Absolution

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained

servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead

and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name

of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Revelation 7:9–17

9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 John 3:1–3

1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 5:1-12

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 677 For All the Saints

For all the saints who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;

Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,

Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old

And win with them the victor’s crown of gold! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,

And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;

Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;

Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day:

The saints triumphant rise in bright array;

The King of Glory passes on His way. Alleluia! Alleluia!

D From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Sermon – “We are Blessed!”

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For the gift of God’s peace to rest upon all His saints, that we may know the blessing of His forgiveness in the cross and resurrection of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, which is the communion of saints, remembering especially those who have gone home to heaven, that the saving Gospel of Christ may be proclaimed both here and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, send forth Your saving Word.

P For our native land, our local community, and for all who lead and govern us, that the saints of God may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, grant Your favor to our land.

P For all those who are in need, for those who hunger both physically and spiritually, and for all those who feel lost and are without a home, that they may come to the Father’s house of mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, guide us unto You.

P For those who are sick, hospitalized, and homebound, for those who are recovering from surgery and for those who await procedures in the coming days, that they may be consoled by the faithful care of the Great Physician, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, give healing and strength to all who are in need.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that coming before our faithful Father, we may take refuge in His never-failing care for all His saints, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, we give You thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 678 We Sing for All the Unsung Saints

We sing for all the unsung saints, that countless, nameless throng,

Who kept the faith and passed it on with hope steadfast and strong

Through all the daily griefs and joys, no chronicles record,

Forgetful of their lack of fame, but mindful of their Lord.

Though uninscribed with date or place, with title, rank, or name,

As living stones their stories join, to form a hallowed frame

Around the myst’ry in their midst: the Lamb once sacrificed,

The Love that wrested life from death, the wounded, risen Christ.

So we take heart from unknown saints, bereft of earthly fame,

Those faithful ones who have received, a more enduring name:

For they reveal true blessing comes, when we our pride efface

And offer back our lives to be, the vessels of God’s grace.

Text: © 1996 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T

We take time on this day, All Saints’ Day, to remember our loved ones who have gone home to be with the Lord, both in this past year, and in all past years. Thanks be to God for what they have meant in our lives and for how their love for us and their love for Jesus showed through in their everyday lives, as both saints and sinners, but always as children of God, loved and saved by Him in His grace, mercy and righteousness.




October 25, 2020 – Reformation Sunday

Hymn LSB 657 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a sword and shield victorious;

He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod, and wins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe, has sworn to work us woe.

With craft and dreadful might, he arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might. We would be lost, rejected.

But now a champion comes to fight, whom God Himself elected.

You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is He,

Christ Jesus, mighty Lord, God’s only Son, adored.

He holds the field victorious.

Though hordes of devils fill the land, all threat’ning to devour us,

We tremble not, unmoved we stand; they cannot overpow’r us.

Let this world’s tyrant rage; in battle we’ll engage.

His might is doomed to fail; God’s judgment must prevail!

One little word subdues him.

God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes, who fear it;

For God Himself fights by our side, with weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child, or spouse,

Though life be wrenched away, they cannot win the day.

The Kingdom’s ours forever!

Text (sts. 1–4): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Text (sts. 1s–4s): Public domain

Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done

and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole

heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your

present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have

mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your

will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake

forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His

authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the

T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Revelation 14:6–7

6Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Romans 3:19–28

19Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL John 8:31-36

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 755 In the Very Midst of Life

In the very midst of life, snares of death surround us;

Who shall help us in the strife, lest the foe confound us?

Thou only, Lord, Thou only!

We mourn that we have greatly erred, that our sins Thy wrath have stirred.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Save us lest we perish, in the bitter pangs of death. Have mercy, O Lord!

In the midst of death’s dark vale, pow’rs of hell o’ertake us.

Who will help when they assail, who secure will make us?

Thou only, Lord, Thou only!

Thy heart is moved with tenderness, pities us in our distress.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Save us from the terror, of the fiery pit of hell. Have mercy, O Lord!

In the midst of utter woe, when our sins oppress us,

Where shall we for refuge go, where for grace to bless us?

To Thee, Lord Jesus, only!

Thy precious blood was shed to win, full atonement for our sin.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Lord, preserve and keep us, in the peace that faith can give. Have mercy, O Lord!

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Do You Know the Truth?”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For all those who are marked with the sign of the cross and sealed with the Holy Spirit, that the baptized children of God may hold forth the word of truth throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all pastors, teachers, musicians, missionaries, and servants of the Church, that they may lead God’s faithful people with loving hearts and voices, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For Christ Lutheran, that we may see the great need for the truth of God’s Word in our local community and shine Christ’s light in our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all who serve in positions of leadership in our government, along with those who serve in our armed forces, that our Mighty Fortress would protect them as they serve to protect our freedoms, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all those with illness of heart, mind, and body, that they may be set free from their infirmities and rest in the healing presence of our Savior, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that, as we bow before heaven’s throne, we know that Christ alone brings our petitions before our loving Father, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word. Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Post-Communion Collect

P Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 578 Thy Strong Word

Thy strong word did cleave the darkness; at Thy speaking it was done.

For created light we thank Thee, while Thine ordered seasons run.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness, dark as night and deep as death,

Broke the light of Thy salvation, breathed Thine own life-breathing breath.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous; bright with Thine own holiness,

Glorious now, we press toward glory, and our lives our hopes confess.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

From the cross Thy wisdom shining, breaketh forth in conqu’ring might;

From the cross forever beameth, all Thy bright redeeming light.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Give us lips to sing Thy glory, tongues Thy mercy to proclaim,

Throats that shout the hope that fills us, mouths to speak Thy holy name.

Alleluia, alleluia! May the light which Thou dost send!

Fill our songs with alleluias, alleluias without end!

D God the Father, light-creator, to Thee laud and honor be.

To Thee, Light of Light begotten, praise be sung eternally.

Holy Spirit, light-revealer, glory, glory be to Thee.

Mortals, angels, now and ever, praise the holy Trinity!



October 18, 2020 –20th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 916 Only-Begotten, Word of God Eternal

Only-begotten, Word of God eternal, Lord of creation, merciful and mighty:

Hear us, Your servants, as our tuneful voices, rise in Your presence.

Holy this temple where our Lord is dwelling;

This is none other than the gate of heaven.

Ever Your children, year by year rejoicing, chant in Your temple.

Hear us, O Father, as we throng Your temple.

By Your past blessings, by Your present bounty,

Smile on Your children, and in grace and mercy, hear our petition.

D God in three persons, Father everlasting, Son coeternal, ever blessed Spirit:

To You be praises, thanks, and adoration, glory forever.

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Invocation

P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Exhortation

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Absolution

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

Kyrie

C Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis

C To God on high be glory, and peace to all the earth;

Goodwill from God in heaven, proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

We praise and bless You, Father; Your holy name, we sing—

Our thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, our heav’nly King.

To You, O sole-begotten, the Father’s Son, we pray;

O Lamb of God, our Savior, You take our sins away.

Have mercy on us, Jesus; receive our heartfelt cry,

Where You in pow’r are seated, at God’s right hand on high—

For You alone are holy; You only are the Lord.

Forever and forever, be worshiped and adored;

You with the Holy Spirit, alone are Lord Most High,

In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 45:1–7

1Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,

whose right hand I have grasped,

to subdue nations before him

and to loose the belts of kings,

to open doors before him

that gates may not be closed:

2“I will go before you

and level the exalted places,

I will break in pieces the doors of bronze

and cut through the bars of iron,

3I will give you the treasures of darkness

and the hoards in secret places,

that you may know that it is I, the LORD,

the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

4For the sake of my servant Jacob,

and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

I name you, though you do not know me.

5I am the LORD, and there is no other,

besides me there is no God;

I equip you, though you do not know me,

6that people may know, from the rising of the sun

and from the west, that there is none besides me;

I am the LORD, and there is no other.

7I form light and create darkness,

I make well-being and create calamity,

I am the LORD, who does all these things.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle [Jesus] in his talk. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 540 Christ, the Word of God Incarnate

Christ, the Word of God incarnate, Lord and Son of Abraham;

Christ, the radiance of the Father, perfect God, the great I AM;

Christ, the light, You shine unvanquished, light and life You bring to all;

Light our path with Your own presence, grant us grace to heed Your call.

Christ, the living bread from heaven, food for body, food for soul;

Christ, the manna daily given, nourish, strengthen, make us whole.

Feed us with the food of heaven, foretaste of the feast to be;

Quench our thirst with living water, springing up eternally.

Christ, the shoot that springs triumphant, from the stump of Jesse’s tree;

Christ, true vine, You nurture branches, to bear fruit abundantly.

Graft us into You, O Savior; prune our hearts so we remain

Fruitful branches in Your vineyard, till eternal life we gain.

Christ, our good and faithful shepherd, watching all Your lambs and sheep;

Christ, the gate that guards the sheepfold, never-failing vigil keep.

When we stray, Good Shepherd, seek us, find us, lift us, bear us home;

Lamb of God, our shepherd, keep us; let us hear Your voice alone.

Christ, the way that leads unfailing, to the Father’s home on high,

Christ, the truth that frees the captive, Christ, the life that cannot die.

Mediator to the Father, sacrifice and great High Priest:

Lead us to Your heav’nly mansions, there to share Your wedding feast.

D Christ, the Alpha and Omega, Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

Christ, the life and resurrection, Christ, the Church’s glorious head:

Praise and thanks and adoration, and unending worship be

To the Father and the Spirit, and to You eternally.

Text: © 2001 Steven P. Mueller. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “It’s All About the Image”

Nicene Creed

C 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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

P The psalm appointed for this day is Psalm 96. We read it responsively as we bring our requests to our heavenly Father.

C Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day.

P Protect and guide Your Church around the world, Lord Jesus, so that the news of salvation is preached in freedom and joy. Open the ears of all who hear it to respond in faith and hope. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

P Provide just and peace-loving leaders among the nations of the world, heavenly Father, so that justice may prevail for all people within their borders and peace may break out across them. Protect and guide military deployed and police at home to maintain calm and security. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him;

strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

P O Holy Spirit, the giver of all good gifts, awaken in poets and artists, craftspeople and musicians, the gifts You have given them. May they use their gifts to lift spirits from gloom and hearts from sorrow, praising Your holy name. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!

P Gracious Lord, unite in love each family gathered here and all who call out to You around the world. Bless parents and children and their extended caring circles. Hear our prayers for those near and dear to us in their various circumstances. Give them relief, health, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;

tremble before Him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.”

P Almighty Father, so order society that justice tempered with compassion will provide for the lowly and forgotten, the poor and the frail. Use police and medical personnel, advocates and social workers, to give them protection, dignity, and hope. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!

P Open our hearts and hands, our spirits, and voices to join all creation in praising Your name, O holy blessed Trinity. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

P These and any other things You would have us ask of You, grant to us, heavenly Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

Hymn LSB 527 O Savior, Precious Savior

O Savior, precious Savior, whom yet unseen we love;

O name of might and favor, all other names above,

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our holy Lord and King.

O bringer of salvation, Who wondrously hast wrought

Thyself the revelation, of love beyond our thought,

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our gracious Lord and King.

In Thee all fullness dwelleth, all grace and pow’r divine;

The glory that excelleth, O Son of God, is Thine.

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our glorious Lord and King.

O grant the consummation, of this our song above

In endless adoration, and everlasting love;

Then shall we praise and bless Thee, where perfect praises ring,

And evermore confess Thee, our Savior and our King!



October 11, 2020 –19th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Come, ye thankful people, come; raise the song of harvest home.
All be safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide, for our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come; raise the song of harvest home.

 

All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we, wholesome grain and pure may be.

 

For the Lord, our God, shall come, and shall take His harvest home,
From His field shall in that day, all offenses purge away,
Give His angels charge at last, in the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store, in His garner evermore.

 

Even so, Lord, quickly come, to Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide:
Come with all Thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.

 

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Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities

with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and

eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of

them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy,

innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be

gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained

servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead

and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name

of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading        Isaiah 25:6–9

6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
          a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
          of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7And he will swallow up on this mountain
          the covering that is cast over all peoples,
          the veil that is spread over all nations.
          8He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
          and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
          for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
          “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
          This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
          let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

         

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading            Philippians 4:4–13

          4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

          8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

          10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

         

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL     Matthew 22:1-14

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

1Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

          11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 514 The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “come to the wedding feast.”
May slumber not befall us, nor watchfulness decrease.
May all our lamps be burning, with oil enough and more
That we, with Him returning, may find an open door!

 

There shall we see in glory, our dear Redeemer’s face;
The long-awaited story, of heav’nly joy takes place:
The patriarchs shall meet us, the prophets’ holy band;
Apostles, martyrs greet us, in that celestial land.

 

There God shall from all evil, forever make us free,
From sin and from the devil, from all adversity,
From sickness, pain, and sadness, from troubles, cares, and fears,
And grant us heav’nly gladness, and wipe away our tears.

 

In that fair home shall never, be silent music’s voice;
With hearts and lips forever, we shall in God rejoice,
While angel hosts are raising, with saints from great to least
A mighty hymn for praising, the Giver of the feast.

 

Text (st. 1): © 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Text (sts. 2–4): Public domain

 

Sermon – “What Are You Wearing to the Feast?”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray to God Almighty for the Church here and around the world and for all people in their various needs.

Heavenly Father, through Isaiah, Your prophet, You promised an end to tears, suffering, and death itself when we join You around Your eternal feast. Hear us as we pray for people who are suffering this day: those displaced because of famine or war; those who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic, both directly and indirectly; and those who have been discriminated against, unjustly punished, or forgotten by the greater society. Give them just governments and compassionate rulers. May their hope in You be strong until they find relief. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord Jesus, healer of our every ill, turn a gracious ear as we pray for people near and dear to us: those facing sudden crises, those enduring long-term illnesses, those mourning the loss of loved ones, those in conflict of any sort, and those concerned about making ends meet. Give them relief, health, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P O Holy Spirit, who moved Paul to write about his finding contentment in all circumstances, interpret the sighs of those whose faith is not as firm as his: those who have not truly heard the good news of salvation and those whose attention is focused on worldly fears and concerns. Surround them with caring brothers and sisters of Christ to bring a ministry of Word and Sacrament to nourish their hearts and minds. Use the talents You have placed within us to be Your instruments to restore hope and joy as we look together to the heavenly banquet. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, heavenly Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       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.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 895 Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms, has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

 

Oh, may this bounteous God, through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts, and blessed peace to cheer us
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

 

D  All praise and thanks to God, the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns, with them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.




October 4, 2020 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 571 God Loved the World So That He Gave

God loved the world so that He gave, His only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in Him believe, should everlasting life receive.

 

Christ Jesus is the ground of faith, who was made flesh and suffered death;
All then who trust in Him alone, are built on this chief cornerstone.

 

God would not have the sinner die; His Son with saving grace is nigh;
His Spirit in the Word declares, how we in Christ are heaven’s heirs.

 

Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son, forgives all sins which you have done;
And, justified by Jesus’ blood, your Baptism grants the highest good.

 

If you are sick, if death is near, this truth your troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus saves your soul from death; that is the firmest ground of faith.

 

D Glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessed Trinity, be praise now and eternally!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done

and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole  

heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your

present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have

mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your

will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake

forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His

authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the

T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fullness of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading                  Isaiah 5:1–7

1Let me sing for my beloved, my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed,

and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading  Philippians 3:4b–14

          If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

          12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL     Matthew 21:33-46

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-first chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

                33[Jesus said:] “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

          42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
          and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

          45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 544 O Love, How Deep

O love, how deep, how broad, how high, beyond all thought and fantasy,
That God, the Son of God, should take, our mortal form for mortals’ sake!

 

He sent no angel to our race, of higher or of lower place,
But wore the robe of human frame, and to this world Himself He came.

 

For us baptized, for us He bore, His holy fast and hungered sore;
For us temptation sharp He knew; for us the tempter overthrew.

 

For us He prayed; for us He taught; for us His daily works He wrought,
By words and signs and actions thus, still seeking not Himself but us.

 

For us by wickedness betrayed, for us, in crown of thorns arrayed,
He bore the shameful cross and death; for us He gave His dying breath.

 

For us He rose from death again; for us He went on high to reign;
For us He sent His Spirit here, to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

 

All glory to our Lord and God, for love so deep, so high, so broad;
The Trinity whom we adore, forever and forevermore.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “Thank You for Sending Your Son”

 

Nicene Creed

C             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 worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for ourselves and for the Church, God’s vineyard, and for all people in their various needs. Let us pray for ourselves, that we use the gifts God provides to produce the fruit He desires. Gracious God, You have planted us here, providing talents and abilities, spiritual strengths, and financial resources. By Your Holy Spirit, move us to bring Your Word of grace and mercy beyond our current numbers.

C Grant that our friends and neighbors may join us in praising Your holy name.

P Let us pray for the powers that be in our community, nation, and world.
Sovereign Lord, You desire justice and righteousness across society. Give courage, compassion, and direction to all who lead our community; to all who make, administer, and adjudicate the laws of our nation; and to all who are in positions of power among the nations of the world.

C May peace and justice break out around the globe.

P Let us pray for all whose lives are not built on Christ the cornerstone. O Holy Spirit, open the eyes of those who have not yet received the good news of salvation. Use us at every opportunity to share the faith that knowing our Lord means life now and in eternity.

C May we press on for the prize of the upward call of His resurrection.

P Let us pray for all who call out to God with long-term distress and sudden crises in life.  Compassionate God, surround them with caring and skilled health professionals, wise counselors, and loving family and friends. As fits Your plans for them, bring them healing, comfort, and relief.

C May they join us here to sing Your praises.

P These and any other things You would have us ask of You, heavenly Father, grant to us for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       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.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 912 Christ Is Our Cornerstone

Christ is our cornerstone, on Him alone we build;
With His true saints alone, the courts of heav’n are filled.
On His great love, our hopes we place, of present grace, and joys above.

 

Here may we gain from heav’n, the grace which we implore,
And may that grace, once giv’n, be with us evermore
Until that day, when all the blest, to endless rest, are called away.

 

Oh, then, with hymns of praise, these hallowed courts shall ring;
Our voices we will raise, the Three in One to sing
And thus proclaim, in joyful song, both loud and long, that glorious name.

 

Text: Public domain



September 27, 2020 –17th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 909 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ, our head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious, binding all the Church in one;