Sunday, March 20, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Third Sunday in Lent: March 20, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here.


The Gardener and the Fig Tree

(Luke 13:6-9)



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: Isaiah’s call to repentance is of a different character than Jesus’ call in the Gospel reading. If Jesus’ parable of the gardener is the ‘stick,’ warning of imminent judgment, then Isaiah’s poetry is the ‘carrot,’ calling Israel forward to the rich rewards of turning to God.


SECOND READING: Paul uses the history of the Exodus to warn the Corinthians of the consequences of a life without faith. He wants to disabuse them of the idea that they are better than the ancient Israelites. Paul insists that the ancient Israelites received the very same gifts as the Corinthians, yet ‘most of them’ did not make it to the Promised Land. He warns the Corinthians that if they do not live the life of repentance, they too will face the same kinds of consequences.


GOSPEL: Only Luke relates the story of Pilate’s ‘mingling the blood of the (Galileans) with their sacrifices.’ Carl E. Roemer writes, ‘Apparently Pilate attacked and killed some Galileans who were presenting their sacrifices in the temple. Perhaps they consisted of a large enough crowd so that the Roman Governor Pilate, who was ever suspicious of large groups, acted proactively as he had previously to prevent what he must have perceived as the beginning of a possible uprising.’[1]This would seem to fit with Pilate’s actions surrounding the arrest and trial of Jesus, which were calculated to prevent a Messianic rebellion.




OPENING MUSIC                                                                                                                                                                                             Restore in Us, O God - Wilbur Held

Guide Us Ever, Great Redeemer - I. Ralph Schueltz

                                                                                                        II. David Cherwien


(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 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.                                                            


WHYMN                Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer            Green LBW 343  

 1      Guide me ever, great Redeemer,

        pilgrim through this barren land.

        I am weak, but you are mighty;

        hold me with your pow’rful hand.

        Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

        feed me now and evermore,

        feed me now and evermore.


2      Open now the crystal fountain

        where the healing waters flow;

        let the fire and cloudy pillar

        lead me all my journey through.

        Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer,

        shield me with your mighty arm,

        shield me with your mighty arm.


3      When I tread the verge of Jordan,

        bid my anxious fears subside;

        death of death and hell’s destruction,

        land me safe on Canaan’s side.

        Songs and praises, songs and praises,

        I will raise forevermore,

        I will raise forevermore.


Text: William Williams, 1717-1791; tr. William Williams and Peter Williams, 1722-1796, 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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Eternal Lord, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world

through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son.

Help us to hear your Word and obey it,

so that we become instruments of your redeeming love;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.



Incline your ear, and come to God;

listen, that you may live.  

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                          Isaiah 55:3a



FIRST READING                                                                           Isaiah 55:1-9


1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
  come to the waters;
 and you that have no money,
  come, buy and eat!
 Come, buy wine and milk
  without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
  and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
 Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
  and delight yourselves in rich food.

3Incline your ear, and come to me;
  listen, so that you may live.
 I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
  my steadfast, sure love for David.
4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
  a leader and commander for the peoples.
5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
  and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
 because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
  for he has glorified you.
6Seek the Lord while he may be found,
  call upon him while he is near;
7let the wicked forsake their way,
  and the unrighteous their thoughts;
 let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
  and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
  nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
  so are my ways higher than your ways
  and my thoughts than your thoughts.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 63:1-8                 


  O God, eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you. 

1 O God, you are my God; eager- | ly I seek you;*

                my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,

                as in a barren and dry land where there | is no water.

2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your | holy place,*

                that I might behold your power | and your glory.

3 For your lovingkindness is better than | life itself;*

                my lips shall | give you praise.

4 So will I bless you as long | as I live*

                and lift up my hands | in your name.

5 My soul is content, as with mar- | row and fatness,*

                and my mouth praises you with | joyful lips,

6 when I remember you up- | on my bed,*

                and meditate on you in | the night watches.

7 For you have | been my helper,*

                and under the shadow of your wings I | will rejoice.

8 My soul | clings to you;*

                your right hand | holds me fast.                               R                                           


SECOND READING                                              1 Corinthians 10:1-13


1I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
6Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE                Philippians 2:8                          Setting by John W. Becker

Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.




Gospel                                                                                             Luke 13:1-9


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2[Jesus] asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”


The Gospel of the Lord.



Sermon                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                                                                                                   


W Hymn of the DaY              Restore in Us, O God         Blue WOV 662



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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.


Strengthen your Church, O God, to seek you while you may be found; to call upon you while you are near, that by your grace we may be restored and healed to bear fruit for your kingdom. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Renew our congregation in this season of penitence. Open our mouths to praise you with joyful lips, and help us to remember you in our waking and in our sleeping, when we lie down and when we rise. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


We ask you to bring under the shadow of your wings all those afflicted by war, terror, scarcity, injustice, and poverty of body, mind, and spirit. Uphold our nation and our leaders, and guide all who hold responsibility for others. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


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  Jeremiah 50:4-5                 Setting by Kevin Norris

In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the people of Israel

and the people of Judah shall come; and they shall seek the Lord

their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with faces turned toward

it, saying, “Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting

covenant which will never be forgotten.”





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;

  He calls us to repentance and faith, that his word may be implanted in us and bear good fruit. He promises us the help of his power, that we may endure in the time of testing and give him thanks and praise for his mercy.

  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.


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.


 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.




Take Up Your Cross - Text/ Charles W. Everest; Music/ Thomas Keesecker

Sung by the Choir


“Take up your cross,” the Savior said, “if you would my disciple be: take up your cross with willing heart, and humbly follow after me.”


Take up your cross; let not its weight fill your weak spirit with alarm; Christ’s strength shall bear your spirit up, and brace your heart and nerve your arm.


Take up your cross; heed not the shame, and let your foolish pride be still; the Lord for you accepted death upon a cross on Calvary’s hill.


Take up your cross and follow Christ, nor think till death to lay it down; for only those who bear the cross may hope to wear the glorious crown.


Take up your cross and follow Christ.


O Christ, Our King, Creator, Lord      Green LBW 101


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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.




                                As the Sun with Longer Journey     Blue WOV 655

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Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                

  Thanks be to God!





Sun/ Mar 20       Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


Church Council Meeting following worship

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

Mon/ Mar 21      Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Wed/ Mar 23     Evening Prayer, 6:30 PM, in person and livestream

Thu/Mar 24       ZOOM Bible Study, 7:30 PM, livestream

Fri/ Mar 25         Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Sat/ Mar 26         NA Meeting 11 AM

                                WORSHIP 6:30 PM

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




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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.

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.

The Gardener and the Fig Tree, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 15, 2022]. Original source:

Agnus Day appears with the permission of



[1] Roemer, Carl. What Was the World of Jesus? (Bloomington, IN: True Directions, 2014) 236.