Monday, April 19, 2021

Sermon for April 18 (Third Sunday of Easter)

 'God is love. This is most certainly true. But it just isn’t enough simply to say God is love.'

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Evening Prayer for Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter - 7 p.m.

The livestream may be found here. It will be helpful, if you have a Lutheran Book of Worship, to use it for the hymns, which are 146 and 279.


EVENING PRAYER

for Wednesday in 2 Easter

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sermon, Second Sunday of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

We came last week to church on Easter Sunday and heard the good news of what we did not find – Jesus’ dead body in the tomb. But what of after Easter Sunday morning? Does the absence of Jesus’ dead body end the story?

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Evening Prayer on Bright Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.

EVENING PRAYER

for Bright Wednesday

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

 

Sermon, Easter Sunday 2021

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

 

The women who went to Jesus’ tomb on that Sunday morning so long ago went to anoint Jesus’ body as a sign of their love for Jesus, who had been so cruelly taken away from them.

 

Had they found Jesus – had they arrived at the tomb and anointed Jesus’ dead body, that would have been the end of their following. They would have remembered Jesus with love, with reverence – but it would have been only memory. Their lives would go on. Perhaps they would visit the tomb each Passover when they were in town for the annual feast, to honor the man who had said and did so much in God’s name and had been so cruelly taken away from them.

 

Instead, that Sunday morning, they were given a sign – and the sign was an empty tomb. Jesus had simply left the tomb behind. It took an angel to explain what had happened, but the sign remained.

 

What is the sign of God’s promise that we seek? We seek the absence of the body of Jesus.

 

That is what we get in the Easter Gospel this morning. Instead of a presence, we have an absence. The women find the tomb, but they do not see Jesus. And that’s so important. For, at least at first, it is not so much what we see but what we do NOT see. We do not see Jesus’ dead body.

 

Other world religions make shrines of the places where their founder’s body lies. But Christians do not make pilgrimages to a place where Jesus’ body rests. Yes, there are a couple of places in Jerusalem which purport to be Jesus’ tomb, which might be where the women visited on the first Easter morning. But the one thing that you’ll not find there is Jesus’ body. The only thing you’ll find is an absence.

 

Strange, isn’t it? That what we do not find is the most important thing? But if what we do not find is Jesus’ mute, inert, lifeless body, then it may well be possible that all the promises God made through him are true after all, and because we do not have Jesus’ dead body, they can still be made to us and kept.

 

And what promises!

 

The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (Mark 2:10).

 

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account (Matthew 5:11).

 

If by the finger of God I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come among you (Luke 11:20).

 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

 

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock (Matthew 7:24).

 

I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet they will live; and those who live and believe in me will never die. (John 11:25)

 

A dead man cannot make promises, nor can he keep them. But a man who is alive, who has left death behind, can make and keep promises to us. We take the sign of the women coming to an empty tomb, the absence of the dead body of Jesus, as a sign that Jesus can still keep his promises to us.

 

 

He is not someone we come to memorialize, to remember as if he were gone, to hear his stories as stories in a history-book, to learn a lesson from his life. Instead, we come here to encounter someone who is alive. When his words are spoken here in the presence of his community, it is a living person who speaks – because there is no dead body. When his meal is celebrated in the presence of his community, because there is no dead body, it is a living Jesus who gives himself in the bread and wine which is his body and blood for us.

 

Because the women went to the tomb on Easter morning and find no dead body:

 

we have the forgiveness of our sins;

 

we are blessed even in our sufferings;

 

the kingdom of God has come among us, defeating the evil powers;

 

we have rest for our souls;

 

we can build on the foundation of Jesus’ words and teachings,,

 

and we have victory over death.

 

For some of Jesus’ followers, the resurrection was accompanied by appearances of Jesus. These we heard about in the other readings: both Peter and Paul telling others that they encountered a living Jesus. But most Christians were not given the sign of those appearances. Instead, we like them encounter nothing but an empty tomb, and hear from the angel and the apostles what this empty tomb means: that God has kept all his promises through Jesus Christ.

 

 



 

And so, rejoice in the sunshine and the flowers, the fact that we have made it through this past year despite it all, that we are here together and that even those far away can share in some way in our togetherness. But most of all, rejoice this Easter, is what was not found: a dead Jesus, for this means that in him that the promises of God live: forgiveness, life, healing, salvation. Rejoice in the hope of a new world, a new world where God will be all in all and every knee shall bend at the name of Jesus and every tongue confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Into his kingdom will be brought the glory and honor of the nations; every culture of every time and place bringing its best to God. Everything that is good in this world will be perfected, and everything that is evil will be either healed or uprooted. Pray in the expectation that God is making you fit for this new world, so that even in the midst of the old and weary world with all its ugliness God is still present among his people and in each of the baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Because of what the women did not find that morning long ago, we can hope for these things and for far more than we can ask or imagine.

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

 

 

 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Great Vigil of Easter - 6:30 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


The Paschal Triduum (The Three Days)

The Vigil of Easter

April 3, 2021

6:30 p.m.

  



 

I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously! Exodus 15:21



Friday, April 2, 2021

The Good Friday Service - 7:30 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


The Paschal Triduum (The Three Days)  

Good Friday

April 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

 

 



Behold, the life-giving cross

 

The Gospel of Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 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. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

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. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 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. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Holy Communion on Holy (Maundy) Thursday - 7:30 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.

The Paschal Triduum

(The Three Days)

Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021

7:30 p.m.

  


I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you ought to love one another.

 

John 13:34

 

The Gospel of Holy (Maundy) Thursday - John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 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, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 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.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 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.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

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? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 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. 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. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 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.’ 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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Evening Prayer for Holy Wednesday

The livestream may be found here.

EVENING PRAYER

for Holy Wednesday

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

 

The Gospel of Holy Wednesday: John 13:21-32

After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Gospel of Holy Tuesday: John 12:20-36

 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 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.

“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. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 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?” 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. 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.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Gospel for Holy Monday - John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here. You need not have a Facebook account to watch the livestream.

March 28, 2021, 10:30 am

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

 


 

Cathedral of the Diocese of Tenancingo, Mexico



 

SUNDAY OF THE PASSION/PALM SUNDAY

 

The liturgy of a Procession with Palms on the Sunday before Easter originated in 4th-century Jerusalem. ‘The hero’s welcome accorded Jesus was seen as anticipating his impending victory over death.’ The customary processional hymn, ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor,’ has been part of Palm Sunday observances since the 8th century.[1] ‘The faithful usually keep palm or olive branches, or other greenery which have been blessed on Palm Sunday in their homes or in their work places…as a witness to faith in Jesus Christ, the messianic king, and in his Paschal Victory.[2]

 

The Passion of Jesus has been read on the Sunday before Easter since medieval times. Originally the St Matthew Passion was read on Sunday, St Mark’s on Tuesday, St Luke’s on Wednesday, and St John’s on Good Friday. Our contemporary practice reads the Passion Gospel from the proper lectionary cycle (Matthew in cycle A; Mark in cycle  B; Luke in cycle C) on Sunday and according to John on Good Friday.[3]

 

The accompanying lessons are one of the ‘servant songs’ of Isaiah, which Christians believe point to God’s Son and Servant Jesus, and the great hymn of Christ’s humiliation and exaltation from Philippians 2:5-11.

 

 

 

OPENING MUSIC                                                       All Glory, Laud and Honor


                                                                       

Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:

 

Refrain

                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 Blessed One.  Refrain

 

2              The company of angels

                is praising you on high;

                creation and all mortals

                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              Their praises you accepted;

                accept the prayers we bring,

                great author of all goodness,

                O good and gracious King.  Refrain

 

Text: Theodulph of Orleans, c. 760-821; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.

 

 

 

 

 

Stand

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

  Hosanna to the Son of David.

The Lord be with you.    

  And also with you.

 

Mercifully assist us, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

  Amen

 

Gospel                                                             Mark 11:1-11

 

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

 

1When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, [Jesus] sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
 “Hosanna!
  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
  10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
 Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

The people raise the palm branches.

 

The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

  We praise and thank you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed the world through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was acclaimed Son of David and King of kings by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path.  We ask that you bless these branches and those who bear them, and grant that we may ever hail him as our Lord and King and follow him with perfect confidence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                   

  Amen

 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

  Hosanna in the highest.

 

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  Amen

 

Sit

HOMILY

 

First READING                                                                           Isaiah 50:4-9a

 

4The Lord God has given me
  the tongue of a teacher,
 that I may know how to sustain
  the weary with a word.

 

Morning by morning he wakens—
  wakens my ear
  to listen as those who are taught.

5The Lord God has opened my ear,
  and I was not rebellious,
  I did not turn backward.

6I gave my back to those who struck me,
  and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
    I did not hide my face
  from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me;
  therefore I have not been disgraced;
    therefore I have set my face like flint,
  and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

       8he who vindicates me is near.
   Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
    Who are my adversaries?
  Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;
  who will declare me guilty?

 

The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.

 

PsalM 31:9-16

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.                              (Psalm 31:5)

  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;

                my eye is consumed with sorrow,

and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing;

                my strength fails me because of affliction,

 and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to

my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance;

                when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;

                I am as useless as a | broken pot.                            

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around;

                they put their heads together against me;

they plot to take my life.

14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.

                I have said, "You are my God.

15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my

                enemies, and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant,*

                and in your loving-kindness save me."

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

SECOND READING                                                               Philippians 2:5-11

 

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
  did not regard equality with God
  as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
  taking the form of a slave,
  being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
  8he humbled himself
  and became obedient to the point of death—
  even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
  and gave him the name
  that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
  every knee should bend,
  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
  that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  to the glory of God the Father.

 

The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.


 

Please remain seated.

 

VERSE (sung by the cantor)        

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

John 12:23

 

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. MARK             Mark 14:1—15:47

 

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

 

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”
3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.


17When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”
22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written,
 ‘I will strike the shepherd,
  and the sheep will be scattered.’
28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29Peter said to him, “Even though all become deserters, I will not.” 30Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them said the same.

 32They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

43Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50All of them deserted him and fled.
51A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
53They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled. 54Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. 56For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. 57Some stood up and gave false testimony 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.’
59But even on this point their testimony did not agree. 60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” 61But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62Jesus said, “I am; and
 ‘you will see the Son of Man
 seated at the right hand of the Power,’
 and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’

63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.
66While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” 68But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. 69And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” 71But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about.” 72At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
15:1As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
6Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13They shouted back,

 

  “Crucify him!”

 

14Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more,

 

  “Crucify him!”

 

15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
16Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort.

17And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.


21They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
25It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. 29Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

 

Silence is kept.

At the direction of the pastor, the people stand for the remainder of the Passion.

 

38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
40There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
42When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. 45When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

 

Silence for meditation.

I believe that Jesus Christ,

                true God, son of the Father from eternity,

                and also true human being,

born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord.

                He has redeemed me,

a lost and condemned human being.

                He has purchased and freed me from all sins,

                from death, and from the power of the devil,

                not with gold or silver

                but with his holy and precious blood

                and with his innocent suffering and death.

                He has done this so that I may belong to him,

live under him in his kingdom,

                and serve him in eternal righteousness,

                innocence, and blessedness,

                just as he is risen from the dead

                and lives and rules eternally.

                This is most certainly true.

Smaller Catechism of Martin Luther

 

HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                     Ah, Holy Jesus

 

 

Cantor:

 

1              Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

                that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?

                By foes derided, by thine own rejected,

                O most afflicted.

 

 

 

Pastor:

2              Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?

                Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.

                ’Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;

                I crucified thee.

Cantor:

3              Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;

                the slave hath sinnèd, and the Son hath suffered;

                for man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,

                God intercedeth.

Pastor:

4             For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,

                thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;

                thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,

                for my salvation.

ALL:

5             Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,

                I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee;

                think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,

                not my deserving.

 

Text: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647; tr. Robert Bridges, 1844-1930, alt.

 

PRAYERS        

Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

 

A brief silence

 

For the Church, that in our contemplation of his Passion we may be formed in the mind of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

For all pastors, that they may sustain the weary with the word of the cross. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

For those who live as enemies of the cross, that they may be reconciled to you and to us, and come to know the forgiveness and salvation offered by your Son. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

For our public servants and for all leaders, that they may never wash their hands of those whom they have been called to serve. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

For those who work for peace, justice, health and protection in this and every place: Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

For the poor in body, mind, and spirit; for all who are imprisoned, for the dying, the grieving, and those we name before you:

 

The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.

The people may voice their petitions aloud or in silence.

 

Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

               

In thanksgiving for those who have died, that we may come with them to the promised resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

 

Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  Amen

 

Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you always. 

  And also with you. 

 

The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.

 

Sit

The Lord’s Table is prepared.

 

OFFERTORY John 12:24, 26                                   Setting by Kevin Norris

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies it bears much fruit.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

 

 

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

 

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,

ever giving yourself that the world might live,

let us share your death and passion:

make us perfect in your love.

  Amen

 

GREAT THANKSGIVING

 

The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

We give you thanks, Father,

through Jesus Christ, your beloved Son,

whom you sent in this end of the ages

to save and redeem us and to proclaim to us your will.

He is your Word,

                inseparable from you.

Through him you created all things,

                and in him you take delight.

He is your Word,

                sent from heaven to a virgin's womb.

He there took on our nature and our lot

                and was shown forth as your Son,

                born of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary.

It is he, our Lord Jesus, who fulfilled all your will

                and won for you a holy people;

                he stretched out his hands in suffering

                in order to free from suffering those who trust you.

It is he who, handed over to a death he freely accepted,

                in order to destroy death, to break the bonds of the evil one,

                to crush hell underfoot, to give light to the righteous,

                to establish his covenant, and to show forth the resurrection,

                taking bread and giving thanks to you, said:

Take and eat; this is my body, broken for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

 

In the same way he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This is my blood poured out for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, then, his death and resurrection,

                we lift this bread and cup before you,

                giving you thanks that you have made us worthy

                to stand before you and to serve you as your priestly people.

And we ask you:

                Send your Spirit upon these gifts of your Church;

                gather into one all who share this bread and wine;

                fill us with your Holy Spirit to establish our faith in truth,

that we may praise and glorify you

through your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him all glory and honor are yours,

                Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church both now and forever. Amen

 

Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:

 

                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

 

At the name of Jesus every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
  and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

  to the glory of God the Father.                                              Philippians 2:10-11

 

 

 

 

AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)           Sung by the cantor.

 

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.

 

Sit

DISTRIBUTION

Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.

 

They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

 

The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated, and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.

 

 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.

 

Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.

A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

 

1              A lamb goes uncomplaining forth

                to save a world of sinners.

                He bears the burden all alone,

                dies shorn of all his honors.

                He goes to slaughter, weak and faint,

                is led to die without complaint;

                his spotless life he offers.

                He bears the shame, the stripes, the wrath;

                his anguish, mockery, and death

                for us he gladly suffers.

 

 

 

2              This lamb is Christ, our greatest friend,

                the Lamb of God, our Savior,

                the one, his only Son, God sent

                to win us rebels over.

                “Go down, my child,” the Father said,

                “and free my children from their dread

                of death and condemnation.

                The painful stripes are hard to bear,

                but by your death they all can share

                the joy of your salvation.”

 

3              He answered from his tender heart

                that he would take the burden:

                “My Father’s will is my command;

                I’ll do as I am bidden.”

                Oh, wondrous love! Oh, loving might!

                To right what mortals cannot right

                God sent his Son from heaven.

                What love, O Love, who came to save

                by loving even to the grave

                until the stone was riven.

 

4             Of death I am no more afraid;

                his dying is my living.

                He clothes me in his royal robes

                that he is always giving.

                His love is dress enough for me

                to wear through all eternity

                before the highest Father,

                where we shall stand at Jesus’ side,

                his church, the well-appointed bride,

                when all the faithful gather.

 

Text: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978

© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress

 

After all have returned to their places, the people stand at the direction of the pastor.

 

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

  Amen

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.

  Amen

 

Silence for meditation.

 

BENEDICTION

 

May the Father,

who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, 

bring you by faith to his eternal life.

  Amen

 

May Christ,

who accepted the cup of sacrifice

in obedience to the Father’s will,

keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.

  Amen

 

May the Spirit,

who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

that we may share his glory,

set your minds on life and peace.

  Amen

 

The blessing of God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

be upon you and remain with you forever.

  Amen

 

 

DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.          

Thanks be to God!

 

CLOSING MUSIC                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR STEWARDSHIP of GOD’S GIFTS

                                                

                Last Weekend’s Attendance:  9 + 15 = 24

 

Offering: 3/21/2021

                Towards Budget:                                   $         1,564.00

Itemized Non Budget:

                            Food Bank:             $           300.00       

                   Lenten Offering:             $          295.00

   Flowers:              $            64.00

                     Lutheran World Relief:              $            10.00

                                                              

                                                Total:                        $          2,233.00

               

V IN YOUR PRAYERS 

Linda Armento, at home

Matthew Armento, at home

Mary Jo Bondi, at home

Linnese Dawe, at home

Ruth Duessel, at Concordia, Rebecca

The Rev. Carl Hendrickson, at home

Elsie Kemmler and Bill Roth at Concordia, South Hills

Scott Klammer, at Concordia, South Hills

David Noel, at Kane Rehab, Scott Township

Geneva Schrag, at Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg

William Wetzel at Concordia, Cabot

 

REMINDERS FOR THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES

 

·         If you wish to attend worship, you will need to pre-register every week by either calling the office or sending an email.

·         Registration ends Saturday at 12 noon.

·         Masks are required to be worn while in the building.

·         Upon entering and leaving the church, you must sanitize your hands or wash them with soap and water.

·         Everyone must sign in when entering the church. This way we can keep track of who was in the church and when.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are held every Saturday evening at 6:30 PM and Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Pastor Frontz also livestreams Compline (Prayer at the Close of the Day) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. These can be accessed on the church’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ststephenpittsburgh).

AN ONLINE BIBLE STUDY meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, following the livestreamed service of Evening Prayer. The topic is Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Please contact Pastor Frontz if you would like the ZOOM link. You can also watch Facebook Live if you do not want to or cannot ZOOM.

 

FOOD BANK SUNDAY is next weekend.  Please consider bringing any non-perishable food items to church next weekend to be donated to the food pantry of St Andrew Lutheran Church in East Carnegie. Monetary donations are also accepted. Thank you.

 

OUR PURPLE LENTEN OFFERING ENVELOPES will support Carlynton High School’s ‘backpack program,’ which provides free weekend meals to students who might ordinarily go hungry. The backpacks contain two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners. Students pick the backpacks up on Friday and return them Monday. The money we give will be used to purchase meals for the students. This is important this year as the normal fund-raisers which support this program have not been able to occur due to COVID-19.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for any of the Holy Week services you would like to attend.  The services are as follows:

Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 PM

Good Friday, April 2 at 12:30 and 7:30 PM

Easter Vigil, April 3 at 6:30 PM

Easter Sunday, April 4 at 10:30 AM

To appropriately plan for these services, we ask that all registrations be submitted by Tuesday, March 30.  Please register by either by email at:  office@ststephenpittsburgh.org or by calling the church office at

(412) 279-5868.  Thank you.

 

EASTER FLOWERS NOTE Thank you to those individuals and families who signed up for Easter flowers this year. You may take your plant/flowers home after the Easter Sunday Eucharist. Easter Flowers cost: Lilies $9.50, Hyacinths and Tulips $9/each; Mums $8.50;

Easter/Spring Arrangement $20.  Please make checks payable to:

St. Stephen Lutheran Church and note “Easter Flowers”. Checks can be placed in offering plate or mailed to the church office.

 

 

 

ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2021: Please see the sign-up sheet available in the Narthex for altar flowers. If you are unable to sign up in person, you may call or email the office to make a request for a date(s). We will assign date(s) in the order in which the requests are received. The process will repeat until the slots are filled. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. The cost per arrangement is $20.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONS, including THE WORD IN SEASON, PORTALS OF PRAYER AND CHRIST IN OUR HOME (April, May and June 2021) are available on the table in the Narthex. Take one or more to share with family and friends. If you are able, a donation would be welcomed to help defray the cost to the congregation for these resources. Thank you!

 

2021 ‘DAILY TEXTS’ are available in the Narthex. A donation of

$10 per book would be appreciated to help cover the cost of the books. Thank you.

 

ST STEPHEN COUNSELING CENTER: A site of Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute/PPI). For marriage, family, teen and individual counseling – for first appointment call PPI at 412-661-1239. St. Stephen Center is

412-279-5452. Counseling opens doors to hope. Counselor: Caroline Graham-McGuire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THIS WEEK FOR THE FAITH FAMILY

 

Sun/Mar 28           WORSHIP 10:30 AM

                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM

Wed/ Mar 31        Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM

                                ZOOM Bible Study 7:30 PM

Thu/ Apr 1             Maundy Thursday 7:30 PM

Fri/ Apr 2               Good Friday 12:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Sat/Apr 3               NA Meeting 11:00 AM

Easter Vigil  6:30 PM

Sun/Apr 4              WORSHIP 10:30 AM

                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM

                       

   

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #20540.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons,

© 2006 The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org

Crucifixion, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56509 [retrieved March 22, 2021]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parroquia_de_la_Asunci%C3%B3n_de_Mar%C3%ADa_(Coatepec_Harinas)_Estado_de_M%C3%A9xico,M%C3%A9xico.jpg.

 


St Stephen Lutheran Church

55 Forsythe Road

Pittsburgh PA 15220

(412) 279-5868

office@ststephenpittsburgh.org

www.ststephenpittsburgh.org

 



[1] Pfatteicher, Philip. Commentary on the Lutheran Book of Worship. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1990; 234.

[2] ‘Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy’: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=4620#67

[3] Pfatteicher, 233.