HYMN 122 - Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; sing the ending of the fray.
Now above the cross, the trophy, sound the loud triumphant lay.
Tell how Christ, the world’s Redeemer, as a victim won the day.
Tell how, when at length the fullness of th’appointed time was come,
He, the Word, was born of woman, left for us his Father’s home,
Blazed the path of true obedience, shone as light amidst the gloom.
Thus, with thirty years accomplished, he went forth from Nazareth,
Destined, dedicated, willing, did his work and met his death;
Like a lamb he humbly yielded on the cross his dying breath.
Faithful cross, true sign of triumph, be for all the noblest tree;
None in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit your equal be,
Symbol of the world’s redemption, for your burden makes us free.
Unto God be praise and glory; to the Father and the Son,
To th’eternal Spirit honor now and evermore be done –
Praise and glory in the highest while the timeless ages run.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. And also with you.
CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.
Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, Have mercy on me, a sinner.
God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
PRAYER AND PRAISE
For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord. Lord have mercy.
Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care: AMEN
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
FIRST LESSON - GENESIS 28:10-17 10Jacob set out from Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11He came to a certain place and decided to spend the night there, because the sun had set. He took one of the stones from that place, put it under his head, and lay down to sleep in that place. 12He had a dream in which he saw a stairway set up on the earth with its top reaching to heaven. There were angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13There at the top stood the Lord, who said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. The land on which you are lying, I give to you and to your descendants. 14Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed. 15Now, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back again into this land. Indeed, I will not leave you, until I have done what I have promised to you.” 16Jacob woke up from his sleep, and he said, “Certainly the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17He was afraid and he said, “How awe-inspiring is this place! This is nothing other than the house of God, and this is the gate to heaven.”
PSALM 73 (page 94)
I am always with you, O LORD: you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 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.
SECOND LESSON - ROMANS 5:1-11
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And we rejoice confidently on the basis of our hope for the glory of God. 3Not only this, but we also rejoice confidently in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces patient endurance, 4and patient endurance produces tested character, and tested character produces hope. 5And hope will not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us. 6For at the appointed time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7It is rare indeed that someone will die for a righteous person. Perhaps someone might actually go so far as to die for a person who has been good to him. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by his blood, it is even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, it is even more certain that, since we have been reconciled, we will be saved by his life. 11And not only is this so, but we also go on rejoicing confidently in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received this reconciliation.
VERSE OF THE DAY
Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8b NIV)
GOSPEL LESSON - MARK 8:31-38 31Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things; be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the experts in the law; be killed; and after three days rise again. 32He was speaking plainly to them. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But after turning around and looking at his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You do not have your mind set on the things of God, but the things of men.” 34He called the crowd and his disciples together and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36After all, what good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38In fact, whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
This is the Gospel of our risen Savior. PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
HYMN 434 - Lord, You I Love with All My Heart
Lord, you I love with all my heart; I pray you ne’er from me depart; with tender mercies cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share; heaven itself were void and bare if you, Lord, were not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break, my trust in you no one could shake.
You are the treasure I have sought; your precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord, forsake me not! I trust your Word.
Lord God, ‘twas your rich bounty gave my body, soul, and all I have in this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in ev’ry place may glorify your lavish grace and serve and help my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile; let Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me to bear my crosses willingly.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord, forsake me not! I trust your Word.
Lord, let at last your angels come; to Abram’s bosom bear me home that I may die unfearing.
And in its narrow chamber keep my body safe in peaceful sleep until your reappearing.
And then from death awaken me that my own eyes with joy may see,
O son of God, your glorious face, my Savior and my Fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend, and I will praise you without end.
SERMON Romans 5:1-11 Our Boast Is in Our Blessings in Christ
I. Access to God’s glory
II. Absolved by God’s grace
III. Assured by God’s guarantee
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and became fully human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Gracious God and Father, we praise you for the countless blessings, which we receive from your hand: the beauties of creation and the bounties of the earth, the joy of life and the pleasure of friendship, the good of work and the gift of rest, the privilege to share happiness and sorrow with one another. Above all we praise and thank you for your saving Word and for your Son’s body and blood, which you give us to eat and to drink in the sacrament. Through these means of grace, you send the Holy Spirit into our hearts and unite us to Jesus and to the whole Christian Church on earth.
Strengthen us through this heavenly food; increase our trust in Christ and our love for one another.
Great God and Lord, without your continuing help we easily waver in our faith, lose courage, and grow careless in our watchfulness. The times and days are perilous. Give us strength to face the evils of each day with fresh confidence. Open our lips to speak of your grace, and move us to use the gifts that you give us to share your Word of salvation with all people. Protect and prosper the family, the school, the government, and all good institutions that you have established for the benefit of society. Remember in mercy those who are sick and suffering, and bring your healing to troubled homes and lives.
Move us to pray for those in need and to help them with deeds of kindness.
Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions. Silent prayer
Now, eternal God and Father, keep us in the saving faith and so enable us to overcome all things through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
The peace of the Lord be with you always. Amen.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. AMEN.
HYMN 536 Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head
Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s head, you are her one foundation.
In you she trusts, before you bows, and waits for your salvation.
Built on this rock secure, your Church shall endure
Though all the world decay and all things pass away. O, hear, oh, hear us, Jesus!
O Lord, let this your little flock, your name alone confessing,
Continue in your loving care, true unity possessing.
Your sacraments, O Lord, and your saving Word
To us e’er pure retain. Grant that they may remain our only strength and comfort.
Help us to serve you evermore with hearts both pure and lowly.
And may your word, that light divine, shine on in splendor holy
That we repentance show, in faith ever grow.
The pow’r of sin destroy and evils that annoy. Oh, make us faithful Christians.
And for your gospel let us dare to sacrifice all treasure;
Teach us to bear your blessed cross, to find in you all pleasure.
Oh, grant us steadfastness in joy and distress.
Lord, for your mercy’s sake, let us by grace partake of endless joy and glory.
HYMN 113 - Upon the Cross Extended
Upon the cross extended, see, world, your Lord suspended; your Savior yields his breath.
The Prince of life from heaven himself has freely given to shame and blows and bitter death.
How God at our transgression to anger gives expression, how loud his thunders roll,
How fearfully he smites him, how sorely he requites him – all this your suff’rings teach my soul.
‘Tis I who should be smitten, my doom should here be written: bound hand and foot in hell.
The fetters and the scourging, the floods around you surging, ‘tis I who have deserved them well.
A crown of thorns you’re wearing, my shame and scorn you’re bearing that I might ransomed be.
My bondsman, ever willing, my place with patience filling, from sin and guilt has made me free.
Your cords of love, my Savior, bind me to you forever; I am no longer mine.
To you I gladly tender all that my life can render and all I have to you resign.
Responsive prayer – spoken
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let us live this Lenten season – and always – with the cross before us!
Show us Your cross, Lord Jesus!
In times of prosperity, when success and comfort would draw us away from the cross,
Show us our need for Your cross, Lord Jesus!
In darker times of trial and worry when we feel alone and abandoned to wander in the valley of the shadow of fear or despair or death,
Show us the comfort of Your cross, Lord Jesus!
In the routine of each day, in the work we do, in our lives with family and friends, in the light of each day, and in our rest each night,
Show us the way of Your cross, Lord Jesus!
Heavenly Father, we daily sin against You and desperately need the forgiveness won by Your Son. As a family of believers in this congregation, we pray that all we do together may be directed by Your love for us in Christ.
Father, forgive us for the sake of Your Son. Keep His cross before us so that we are ever ready and eager to follow Him, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
PSALM 143 (page 118)
O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
My spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
Answer me quickly, O LORD; do not hide your face from me.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 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.
Passion History Scripture Lesson Two LEADER: While they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Amen I tell you: One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”
CONGREGATION: They were very sad and began to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I, Lord?”
MEN: He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, one who is dipping bread with me in the dish. Indeed, the Son of Man is going to go just as it has been written about 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.”
LEADER: After saying this, Jesus was troubled in his spirit and testified, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: One of you will betray me.”
WOMEN: The disciples were looking at each other, uncertain which of them he meant.
CONGREGATION: One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. Simon Peter motioned to him to find out which one Jesus was talking about.
MEN: So leaning back against Jesus’ side, he asked, “Lord, who is it?”
LEADER: Jesus replied, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread, after I have dipped it in the dish.”
WOMEN: Then he dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
MEN: So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do more quickly.”
LEADER: None of those reclining at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Because Judas kept the money box, some thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the Festival,” or to give something to the poor.
WOMEN: As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
MEN: After Judas left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify the Son in himself and will glorify him at once.”
CONGREGATION: While they were eating, on the night when he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples.
LEADER: He said, “Take, eat, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
WOMEN: Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
LEADER: “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
MEN: “Dear children, I am going to be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
CONGREGATION: “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
WOMEN: Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?”
CONGREGATION: Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
MEN: Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!”
LEADER: Jesus replied, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Simon, Simon, pay attention: Satan has asked to have you all, so that he may sift you as wheat. But I prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have returned to me, strengthen your brothers.”
WOMEN: Peter answered him, “Even if all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
LEADER: Jesus said to him, “Amen I tell you: Tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
MEN: Peter said to him, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you.”
WOMEN: And all the disciples said the same.
LEADER: He said to them, “When I sent you out without money bag, traveler’s bag, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
CONGREGATION: “Nothing,” they said.
LEADER: Then he told them, “But now, let the one who has a money bag take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘He was counted with transgressors.’ Indeed, what is written about me is going to have its fulfillment.”
CONGREGATION: They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
MEN: He said to them, “That is enough.”
LEADER: Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
WOMEN: After they sang a hymn, Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, to the Mount of Olives, where there was a garden called Gethsemane. He and his disciples went into it.
MEN: Now Judas, who was betraying him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples.
LEADER: When he reached the place, Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray. Keep praying that you may not enter into temptation.”
WOMEN: Then he took Peter, James, and John along with him and began to be troubled and distressed.
LEADER: He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow, even to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch.”
CONGREGATION: He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,
MEN: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”
WOMEN: When he rose from prayer, he went to the disciples and found them sleeping as a result of sorrow.
LEADER: He said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Were you not strong enough to keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
MEN: He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass from me unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
WOMEN: Again he returned and found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what they should answer him.
CONGREGATION: He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time. He said the same words as before.
LEADER: An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
MEN: As he was in agony, he prayed more fervently.
WOMEN: His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.
LEADER: Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise. Let us go. Look, my betrayer is near!”
After lesson, all speak: All we like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. By His wounds we are healed.
HYMN 116 In the Hour of Trial
In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me lest by base denial I unworthy be.
When you see me waver, with a look recall, nor for fear or favor ever let me fall.
With forbidden pleasures should this vain world charm or its tempting treasures spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance sad Gethsemane or, in darker semblance, cross-crowned Calvary.
Should your mercy send me sorrow, toil, and woe, or should pain attend me on my path below,
Grant that I may never fail your cross to view; grant that I may ever cast my care on you.
When my life is ending, though in grief or pain, when my body changes back to dust again,
On your truth relying, through that mortal strife, Jesus, take me, dying, to eternal life.
SERMON Mark 14:53-65 Ponder the Passion of the Christ: The Trial I. The plan was for God to send His Son to the cross
II. The plan was for God to send His Son to the earth again
53They led Jesus away to the high priest. All the chief priests, the elders, and the experts in the law gathered together. 54Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. He was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they did not find any. 56Many testified falsely against him, but their testimonies did not agree. 57Some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59Yet even on this point, their testimony did not agree. 60The high priest stepped forward and questioned Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is this they are testifying against you?” 61But Jesus was silent and did not answer anything.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62“I am,” Jesus said. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63The high priest tore his robes and said, “Why do we need any more witnesses? 64You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”
They all condemned him as being worthy of death. 65Then some began to spit on him. They covered his face and struck him with their fists, saying, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him and beat him.
Prayer, including the Lord’s Prayer
Prayer(all speak together) Almighty and everlasting God, Your Son was lifted up on the cross so that He might draw all people to Himself. Through the proclamation of Your Word, mercifully gather from the nations a people that are Your very own, that we may join together around Your throne in glory to praise and thank You forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HYMN 589 Now the Day Is Over
Now the day is over; night is drawing nigh.
Shadows of the evening steal across the sky.
Jesus, give the weary calm and sweet repose;
With your tend’rest blessing may my eyelids close.
Comfort ev’ry suff’rer watching late in pain;
Those who plan some evil, from their sin restrain.
Through the long night watches may your angels spread
Their bright wings above me, watching round my bed.
When the morning wakens, then may I arise
Pure and fresh and sinless in your holy eyes.