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Worship Order ~ 9:30am Service of Holy Communion

March 7, 2021 ~ 3rd Sunday in Lent



Lenten Confession (from on the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal)

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

C     Amen

P     I ask you, in the presence of God who searches the heart:  Do you confess that you are by nature a most unworthy sinner, and that you have grievously offended against Him in thought, word, and deed, and have merited only His wrath and condemnation?

C     I do so confess.

P     Do you trust entirely in the mercy of God in Jesus Christ?

C     I do so trust.

P     Do you promise heartily to forgive others, as you believe that God forgives you, and to serve Him henceforth in newness of life, to the glory of His Holy Name?

C     I do so promise.

P     Let us make confession to God, imploring His forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A moment of silence is observed to allow us to recall our sins before God.

P     Let us pray:

C     O God, our heavenly Father, I confess to you that I have grievously sinned against you in many ways; not only by my outward transgressions, but also by secret thoughts and desires I cannot fully understand, but which are all known to you.  I do earnestly repent and am heartily sorry for these my offences, and I beseech you of your great goodness to have mercy upon me and for the sake of your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to forgive my sins and graciously help my infirmities.  Amen

P     Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us, and for the sake of the sufferings, death, and resurrection of his dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, forgives us all our sins.  As a consecrated minister of the Church of Christ and by His authority, I therefore declare to you who do truly repent and believe in Him, the entire forgiveness of all your sins.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen

P     The Lord give strength to His people.

C     The Lord bless His people with peace.

Opening Hymn    Son of God, Eternal Savior (364)

Apostolic Greeting

Kyrie                      p. 57 LBW

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, consider the worthy desires of your humble servants. Reach out to defend us from evil by the word and work of your majestic right hand. Grant this, we pray, through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Scripture Lesson:   Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation        Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word      LBW 230, vs. 1

Gospel: John 15:8-17

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 15th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence  (198)

Nicene Creed

Prayers of God’s People


Offertory             Take My Life       LBW 406, vs. 1, 4

Take my life that I may be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
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.

Offertory Prayer               p. 68 LBW

Prayer of Humble Access

The Great Thanksgiving p. 68

Words of Institution  (rubric 33)

The Lord’s Prayer

Distribution of Communion

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn                     Blest Be the Tie That Binds (370)

Dismissal                             p. 74 LBW



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