Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 27, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.

 The Prodigal Son




The color purple, used for the vestments and paraments in Lent, symbolizes somberness and solemnity. Crosses and images of our Lord and the saints are veiled with purple cloth during Lent.


FIRST READING: While God provided manna for the Israelites during their voyage through the desert, the manna is no longer required once the Israelites have reached Canaan, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ However, the celebration of the Passover remains, that all may remember that it is the God who rescued Israel from Egypt who provides even in Canaan.


SECOND READING: Christ reconciled the world to God by his passion, death and resurrection. But in order for others to experience the reconciliation won by Christ, the Church must proclaim the message. The Gospel is not owned by the Church, but entrusted to the Church. Therefore, Paul can say, ‘we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.’


GOSPEL: The ‘parable of the prodigal son’ (which, of course, has no title given by Jesus) might better be called the parable of the lost son. But this title might also be inadequate, for there are two sons in the parable. The elder son refuses to go into the banquet prepared for his younger brother, the ‘prodigal.’ His reasoning is that while he has toiled faithfully for years without reward, the younger abused his privileges and is rewarded richly. His father begs him to return and join in the banquet. So, perhaps this story could be called the parable of the lost sons.


In telling this parable, Jesus witnesses to the joy the Father finds in welcoming home the lost. This joy is seen in the banquets of Jesus, at which the sinful find a place. The invitation to the Pharisees and the scribes is clear: join in the rejoicing. The Father wishes to welcome all, however late, who will come to his feast of love.



 OPENING MUSIC                Our Father, We Have Wandered - F.W. Marpurg

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

I.                    David Harris

II.                  Paul Manz



(Although God’s forgiveness of sins is available to Christians at all times, it is not announced in public worship during the season of Lent, as a reminder that the entire season of Lent is one of repentance. Lent concludes and the Great Three Days begin with the pronouncement of forgiveness on Maundy Thursday.)



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



To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

  O my God, in you I trust.

You are the God of my salvation;

  To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.

  O my God, in you I trust.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,

  for they are from everlasting.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

O my God, in you I trust.


Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and of one another.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


 The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness,

  and remission of all your sins. Amen


  I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven,

  and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought,

  word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most

  grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on  

  me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all your sins. Amen

WHYMN          Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing         Green LBW 499

 1      Come, thou Fount of ev'ry blessing,

        tune my heart to sing thy grace;

        streams of mercy, never ceasing,

        call for songs of loudest praise.

        While the hope of endless glory

        fills my heart with joy and love,

        teach me ever to adore thee;

        may I still thy goodness prove.


2      Here I raise my Ebenezer:

        "Hither by thy help I've come";

        and I hope, by thy good pleasure,

        safely to arrive at home.

        Jesus sought me when a stranger,

        wand'ring from the fold of God;

        he, to rescue me from danger,

        interposed his precious blood.


3      Oh, to grace how great a debtor

        daily I'm constrained to be;

        let that grace now like a fetter

        bind my wand'ring heart to thee.

        Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;

        prone to leave the God I love.

        Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it;

        seal it for thy courts above.


Text: Robert Robinson, 1735-1790, alt.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.


KYRIE ELEISON           

Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved                                          Green LBW 96

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God of all mercy, by your power to heal and to forgive,

graciously cleanse us from all sin and make us strong;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.



God will instruct us

and teach us in the way that we should go.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                          Psalm 32:9a



FIRST READING                                                                           Joshua 5:9-12


9The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
10While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. 11On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.

12The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 32                                                              Setting by Paul D. Weber 


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SECOND READING                                            2 Corinthians 5:16-21


16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE                John 3:14-15                                Setting by John W. Becker

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the

Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believes in him may have

eternal life.


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3So he told them this parable: 11b“There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”
20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
25“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’


The Gospel of the Lord.

   Praise to you, O Christ.


Sermon                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                                                                                                   


W Hymn of the DaY             

Our Father, We Have Wandered         Blue WOV 733

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The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Nicene Creed.


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


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.

X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,                                                       and was made man. X

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.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He has spoken through the prophets.

                We believe in one holy catholic 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





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


Silence is kept.


We give you thanks, Father, for you have clothed us in the robe of baptism and prepared the meal of rejoicing for us at your altar. Whether we have wandered far or nursed resentment of others, give us sorrow for sin and humility, that with cleansed and renewed hearts we may join in the paschal feast. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Renew our congregation in this season of repentance. Make us ambassadors for Christ, and give us the grace to welcome others in your name. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Be the hiding place for all those afflicted by war, terror, scarcity, injustice, poverty of body, mind, and spirit. Uphold our nation and our leaders, and guide all who hold responsibility for others.


The pastor names the nations and peoples in special need.


Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Sustain the sick, comfort the grieving, and bless the dying. Renew the faith of those who cannot find the way home to you. May these for whom we pray and all those in any need see your goodness in the land of the living.


The pastor reads the names of those people for whom we have special concern.


Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


In our participation at your altar, empower us to continue our forty-day journey to the cross. With all those who have believed your promises, expecting the revelation of our Savior Jesus Christ, bring us to that day when all your people rejoice in the new Jerusalem, in peace and at rest. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


The pastor concludes the prayers:


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



Since we are justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to this grace in which we stand.                                                                                                                                                 Romans 5:1-2a        

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.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY  Hosea 6:1-2                                  Setting by Kevin Norris       

Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn, that he may heal us;

he has stricken, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.




We do not presume to come to your table, O Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.


  We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table.


But you are the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy.


  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,

  so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,

  and so to drink his blood,

  that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.





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.


  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and

in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father,

through Christ our Lord.

  In your love you created the human race without sin; in your justice you gave us the due sentence for our transgression; but in your mercy you redeemed us from our exile and brought us home.

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                Hosanna in the highest!

(Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


Blessed are you, O Lord our God.


You created us in your image;

    and in the mystery of your great love for us

    you sent your only Son, Jesus Christ,

    born of Mary by the power of the Spirit. 


Led by that Spirit he was tempted as we are tempted;

                He proclaimed your forgiveness to sinners;

    he loved even his enemies. 


Despised and rejected,

                he bore the alienation of the world

    as he stretched out his arms on the cross;

    and by this all-sufficient sacrifice

    he has drawn all people to himself,

    giving his life as a ransom for many. 


As we gather in his name and celebrate his testament,

    send your Spirit upon us

    and upon these gifts of bread and wine,

    that they may be for us

    the very body and blood of your Son,

    Christ Jesus, redeemer of the world.


In the night in which He was betrayed

                        our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks,

                        broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:

                        Take and eat; this is my Body, given for you. 

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks,

                        and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                        This cup is the new covenant in my Blood,

                        shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

                Christ has died. 

                Christ is risen. 

                Christ will come again.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God. 


By your Son's life-giving passion and death,

                and by His resurrection and ascension into glory,              

                our Lord Jesus continually intercedes for us

                and for all he has claimed as his own. 


As we now share together

                this Bread of Life and this Cup of Salvation,

                unite us with all your faithful people                                                       

                in the forgiveness of sins,

                and bring us, at length, to that eternal celebration of life

                at the Lamb's high feast.


Through him, with him, in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                all honor and glory is yours,

almighty Father, now and forever. Amen


In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


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                                    Matthew 6:9-15


Lord, come to us and cleanse us,

come to us and heal us,

come to us and strengthen us,

 and grant that, having received you,

 we may never be separated from you,

  but continue yours forever.


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.


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.





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.


Please come forward, take a communion cup from the tray, and kneel at the altar rail on your ‘side’ of the worship space. Please make an effort to leave some distance between your family unit and the next family unit. When your side has finished communing, please place your empty cup in the tray provided.




Sung by the Choir                                                      One There Is, above All Others

Text/ John Newton; Music/ Andreas P. Berggen  

Please follow the text at Green LBW 298 as the choir sings.


Jesus Sinners Will Receive    Green LBW 291     

St. 1 and 3/ Choir

 1      Jesus sinners will receive;

        may they all this saying ponder

        who in sin’s delusions live

        and from God and heaven wander!

        Here is hope for all who grieve:

        Jesus sinners will receive.


2      We deserve but grief and shame,

        yet his words, rich grace revealing,

        pardon, peace, and life proclaim.

        Here our ills have perfect healing;

        we with humble hearts believe

        Jesus sinners will receive.


3      When their sheep have lost their way,

        faithful shepherds go to seek them;

        Jesus watches all who stray,

        faithfully to find and take them

        in his arms, that they may live--

        Jesus sinners will receive.


4     Come, O sinners, one and all,

        come, accept his invitation;

        come, obey his gracious call,

        come and take his free salvation!

        Firmly in these words believe:

        Jesus sinners will receive.


5      Jesus sinners will receive.

        Even me he has forgiven;

        and when I this earth must leave,

        I shall find an open heaven.

        Dying, still to him I cleave--

        Jesus sinners will receive.


Text: Erdmann Neumeister, 1671-1756; tr. Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1912, alt.

When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


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




Strengthen for Service, Lord     Green LBW 218

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O Lord, you have called us to be your witnesses.

Cleanse us from all unbelief and sloth

and fill us with hope and zeal,

  that we may do your work,

  and bear your cross,

  and bide your time,

  and see your glory.



Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.




                                My God, How Wonderful Thou Art     Green LBW 524


1      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thy majesty how bright!

        How beautiful thy mercy seat

        in depths of burning light!


2      How wonderful, how beautiful

        the sight of thee must be--

        thine endless wisdom, boundless pow'r,

        and awesome purity!


3      No earthly father loves like thee;

        no mother, e'er so mild,

        bears and forbears as thou hast done

        with me, thy sinful child.


4     Yet I may love thee too, O Lord,

        almighty as thou art,

        for thou hast stooped to ask of me

        the love of my poor heart.


5      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thou everlasting friend!

        On thee I stay my trusting heart

        till faith in vision end.


Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                

  Thanks be to God!








Sun/ Mar 27        Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


Tech Talk and Treats after Worship in the Narthex

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

Mon/ Mar 28      Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Wed/ Mar 30     Evening Prayer, 6:30 PM, in person and livestream

Thu/Mar 31        ZOOM Bible Study, 7:30 PM, livestream

Fri/ Apr 1             Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Sat/ Apr 2            NA Meeting 11 AM

                                Food Bank

                                WORSHIP 6:30 PM

Sun/ Apr 3           Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM

                                Food Bank


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




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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.

Eucharistic Canon reprinted with permission from A Little Book of Canons by Rod L. Ronneberg, STS, © 1997 and © 2010.

Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons,

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

and Foretaste of the Feast to Come: Devotions on Holy Communion, by Philip H. Pfatteicher,

© 1987 Augsburg Publishing House.

Proper Preface from We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces, tr. Alan Griffiths, © 1999 Alan Griffiths.

Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528. Prodigal Son, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 22, 2022]. Original source:

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