We are met today with a profound reality: that Christ died for the ungodly, and that we were once rightly called the ungodly. It is hard to even fathom the depth of our sinfulness. Yet for all the depth of sin present in us and in the world, Christ’s love for us and His forgiveness of us runs deeper still. We can rejoice in our sufferings. Paul says this because suffering for the sake of Christ produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because our hope is in Jesus. Because this is so, we have reconciliation and peace with God that passes all understanding.
Activity Bags We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit TV to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station on a small rack. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.
Holy Communion The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused ( 1 Cor: 11:27), and that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of confession of faith, we ordinarily commune those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. If you have a question, please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing. The Way of the Spirit “We must constantly handle, preach, bear, and inculcate the Word until the Holy Ghost comes. There is no other way to achieve the desired end. To sit in a corner, to gape heavenward, and wait to see Him come is sheer folly. The Word is the only bridge and path by which the Holy Spirit comes to us.” What Luther Says # 2052
February 25, 2024
Opening Hymn Salvation unto Us Has Come LSB 555 vs 1-2, 9-10
Invocation, Confession and Absolution
P: We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God:
C: In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
P: Our Lenten journey continues toward the cross.
C: It is a journey marked with sacrifice and suffering,
P: but suffering produces endurance.
C: Endurance produces character.
P: Character produces hope,
C: and hope in Christ does not put us to shame.
P: Our hope in Christ is strong and living, yet,
C: Heavenly Father, we have not rejoiced in suffering but have given up easily. Instead of seeing the blessing of suffering for the sake of Your name and Your holy work in our life, we have lacked integrity and acted shamefully. We have often been more concerned about our comfort rather than Holy Spirit developed character. Have mercy upon us, and reconcile us back to You, so that we may continually rejoice in Jesus, our Savior. May we continually serve You knowing that whatever is done for Christ, will produce in Your people the Joy of knowing and relying on You alone! Amen.
(Silence for reflection)
P: At just the right time, while we were ungodly and an enemy of God’s, Jesus Christ died for us and reconciled us to our heavenly Father. 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. We are forgiven and are at peace with God.
Hymn of Praise In the Cross of Christ I Glory LSB 427
Prayer of the Day
All: Lord Jesus Christ, in Your perfect timing, You died for us who are weak and ungodly and bestowed upon us the mantle of Your righteousness. Be present with us as we endure the sufferings of this world, so that we may learn how suffering leads to endurance, character, and a hope that never puts us to shame; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
OT Lesson (God renames Abram as Abraham.) Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 15God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
NT Lesson (Christ died for the ungodly.) Romans 5:1–11
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Gospel Lesson (Jesus is the Christ who must suffer, die, and rise again.) Mark 8:27–38
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do C say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Message Song Jesus Messiah
He became sin, who knew no sin That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross Love so amazing, love so amazing
Chorus: Jesus Messiah, name above all names Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven Jesus Messiah, Lord of all
His body the bread, his blood the wine Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn
Love so amazing, love so amazing Chorus
Bridge: All I hope is in You, all I hope is in You
All the glory to You, God, the light of the world (2X)
His coming is soon, His bride prepared. Adorned in His grace, His love to share
Willing and able, we live by His Word His Spirit released our lives are made whole! Chorus
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all3rd verse prchr CCLI Song #5183443 2008 Vamos Publishing CCLI License # 11390779
Message You See… At Just the Right Time!
- Jesus Christ _______________________________ .
- Jesus Christ saved us from ______________________________________ .
- Jesus Christ gives us a ________________ that honors the ____________________ He made for us.
The 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 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.
Offertory We Give Thee But Thine Own LSB 781 vs 2, 6
Prayers of the Church
After each petition:
P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer
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 Lord’s Supper
Preface page 194 in the hymnal
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 to the Lord our God.
C: ♪ It is meet and right so to do.
P: It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And with the host of heaven we sing:
Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy page 195 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Ho -ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sa – ba – oth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is
He who cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)
Pax Domini—The Peace of the Lord page 197 in the hymnal
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: ♪ Amen.
Agnus Dei – Lamb of God page 198 in the hymnal
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 takes away the sin of the world;
grant us Thy peace. A – men.
Distribution Hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus LSB 770
Nunc Dimittis page 199 in the hymnal
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.
Post Communion Collect
All: 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. Amen.
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.
Sending Hymn Glory Be to Jesus LSB 433
P: Go in peace and serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.