Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.



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: The book of Isaiah tells us what God is about to do in the time of the Babylonian exile (550 years before Christ’s life on earth). He is about to create a way for the Jews to return to their ancestral home, the land of Judah, and the capital, Jerusalem. The feeling of anticipation at the imminent action of God reflected in the reading is no doubt the reason for this lesson being used at this point in the Church year. We await the annual celebration of God’s greatest saving act: in Jesus’ death and resurrection he makes a way of salvation for all people.


SECOND READING: Paul points to his own experience: he is a ‘member of the people of Israel,’ and blameless according to the Law, but he trusts alone in Christ for salvation, believing his keeping of the law to be of no value for salvation. If he, who observes Torah zealously, has this opinion, the (Gentile) Philippians should not be misled by others into believing that Torah observance is necessary for them. For both Jews and Gentiles, it is faith which receives the promise of God through the death and resurrection of Christ.


GOSPEL: Judas is introduced as a sinister character. He criticizes Mary’s extravagant offering, but is motivated not by concern for the poor, but by greed. We are reminded of those who blaspheme Christ by arrogating the gifts of the Church to the poor for their own benefit.


Mary’s anointing is received by Jesus in the way it is intended, as a sign of love and devotion. He also interprets it as a foreshadowing of his coming suffering and death. This Mary is the sister of Martha and Lazarus, the one who sat at his feet to be taught (Luke 10:38-42). Mary, out of love for Jesus, seems always to be ‘intruding’ in what was thought to be, at the time, space reserved only for men. Jesus also receives these supposed indiscretions as most appropriate signs of devotion.


OPENING MUSIC             Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me - Robert J. Powell

We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Carl Schalk



(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          We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died              Green LBW 344

1      We sing the praise of him who died,

        of him who died upon the cross.

        The sinner’s hope let all deride;

        for this we count the world but loss.


2      Inscribed upon the cross we see

        in shining letters, “God is love.”

        He bears our sins upon the tree;

        he brings us mercy from above.


3      The cross! It takes our guilt away;

        it holds the fainting spirit up;

        it cheers with hope the gloomy day

        and sweetens ev’ry bitter cup.


4     It makes the coward spirit brave

        and nerves the feeble arm for fight;

        it takes the terror from the grave

        and gilds the bed of death with light;


5      The balm of life, the cure of woe,

        the measure and the pledge of love,

        the sinner’s refuge here below,

        the angels’ theme in heav’n above.


Text: Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855




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

 The text may not be reproduced here.




Almighty God, our redeemer,

in our weakness we have failed to be

your messengers of forgiveness and hope in the world.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit,

that we may follow your commands

and proclaim your reign of love;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.



The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are glad indeed.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                          Psalm 126:4



FIRST READING                                                                           Isaiah 43:16-21


16Thus says the Lord,
  who makes a way in the sea,
  a path in the mighty waters,
17who brings out chariot and horse,
  army and warrior;
 they lie down, they cannot rise,
  they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

18Do not remember the former things,
  or consider the things of old.
19I am about to do a new thing;
  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
 I will make a way in the wilderness
  and rivers in the desert.
20The wild animals will honor me,
  the jackals and the ostriches;
 for I give water in the wilderness,
  rivers in the desert,
 to give drink to my chosen people,
21the people whom I formed for myself
     so that they might declare my praise.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 126      



1 When the Lord restored the for- | tunes of Zion,*

                then were we like | those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth | filled with laughter,*

                and our tongue with | shouts of joy.

3 Then they said a- | mong the nations,*

                "The Lord has done great | things for them."

4 The Lord has done great | things for us,*

                and we are | glad indeed.

5 Restore our for- | tunes, O Lord,*

                like the watercourses | of the Negev.

6 Those who | sowed with tears*

                will reap with | songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carry- | ing the seed,*

                will come again with joy, shoulder- | ing their sheaves.  R





SECOND READING                                            Philippians 3:4b-14


[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE   Mark 10:45                                               Setting by John W. Becker

The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.



Gospel                                                                                             John 12:1-8

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Sermon                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                                                                                                        


W Hymn of the DaY             

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me          Green LBW 336

1      Jesus, thy boundless love to me

        no thought can reach, no tongue declare;

        unite my thankful heart to thee,

        and reign without a rival there!

        Thine wholly, thine alone, I am;

        be thou alone my constant flame.


2      Oh, grant that nothing in my soul

        may dwell, but thy pure love alone;

        oh, may thy love possess me whole,

        my joy, my treasure, and my crown!

        All coldness from my heart remove;

        my ev’ry act, word, thought, be love.


3      This love unwearied I pursue

        and dauntlessly to thee aspire.

        Oh, may thy love my hope renew,

        burn in my soul like heav’nly fire!

        And day and night, be all my care

        to guard this sacred treasure there.


4     In suff’ring be thy love my peace,

        in weakness be thy love my pow’r;

        and when the storms of life shall cease,

        O Jesus, in that final hour,

        be thou my rod and staff and guide 

    and  draw me safely to thy side! 



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.


Restore your Church, O God, that we who weep for our sins in this season of repentance may shout for joy as we welcome the feast of Resurrection. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Restore your Church, O God, and bless our faith family with mutual care and respect, with zeal for your Gospel and love for all people. Lord, have mercy.

  Lord, have mercy.


Restore peace among the nations, and have mercy upon all those afflicted by war, terror, scarcity, injustice, poverty of body, mind, and spirit. Bless 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.


Restore 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  2 Timothy 2:8-13                               Setting by Kevin Norris

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David.

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure,

we shall also reign with him.  If we are faithless, he remains

faithful, for he cannot deny himself.



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.



 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 makes with us the new covenant, 

calling us his own and bringing us from death to life; 

and so we are moved to offer him the devotion of our hearts, 

and to share in his sufferings that we may also attain the resurrection from the dead. 

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, 

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


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.


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.                   





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                                                When I Survey the Wondrous Cross                                                                                                              Text/ Isaac Watts; Music/ Edward Miller

setting by Alfred V. Fedak

Rob Dawe, Clarinet                       


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

The text may not be reproduced here.


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.




                                Christ, the Life of All the Living              Green LBW 97

1      Christ, the life of all the living,

        Christ, the death of death, our foe,

        Christ, yourself for me once giving

        to the darkest depths of woe:

        through your suff'ring, death, and merit

        life eternal I inherit.

        Thousand, thousand thanks are due,

        dearest Jesus, unto you.


2      You have suffered great affliction

        and have borne it patiently,

        even death by crucifixion,

        fully to atone for me;

        for you chose to be tormented

        that my doom should be prevented.

        Thousand, thousand thanks are due,

        dearest Jesus, unto you.


3      Then, for all that bought my pardon,

        for the sorrows deep and sore,

        for the anguish in the garden,

        I will thank you evermore;

        thank you for the groaning, sighing,

        for the bleeding and the dying,

        for that last triumphant cry,

        praise you evermore on high.


Text: Ernst Christoph Homburg, 1605-1681; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                

  Thanks be to God!




Maundy Thursday           April 14, 7:00 PM

Good Friday                      April 15, 12:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Easter Vigil                         April 16, 6:30 PM

Easter Sunday                   April 17, 10:30 AM


EVENING PRAYER will be held each Wednesday in Lent at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to intensify the life of prayer in Lent through these services.


EASTER BREAKFAST  Please join us on Sunday, April 17, from 8:30 am until 10:00 am for our Easter Breakfast, hosted by the Outreach Committee.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  Volunteers are also needed to help set up, clean up, and serve. Thank you.





Sun/ Apr 3           Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM

                                Food Bank


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

Mon/ Apr 4         Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

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

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

Sat/ Apr 9            NA Meeting 11 AM

                                WORSHIP 6:30 PM

Sun/ Apr 10         Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


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




From Sundays and Copyright 2022 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.

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.

Mary Anoints Christ’s Feet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 28, 2022]. Original source:

Agnus Day appears with the permission of