Fourth Sunday of Lent
10:00 AM Service March 19, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Ringing of the Bell
Confession and Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
(Silence is kept for reflection)
P: Most merciful God,
C: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By the grace you have been saved. In the name of +Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Hymn # 673 “God, Whose Almighty Word”
L: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ; the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
L. For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
L: For the peace of the whole world, for the well being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
L: For the holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
L: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
L: Let us pray:
All: Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading 1 Samuel 16: 1—13 Pg. 443
R: Word of God, Word of life.
C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 23 Pg. 863
PS 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
PS 23:2 He makes quiet
PS 23:3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his
PS 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort
PS 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
PS 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I
will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
R: Word of God. Word of life. C: Thanks be to God.
(Please rise for the Gospel)
After the Gospel is announced, we sing
Gospel Reading John 9: 1—41 Pg. 1664
(After the reading of the Gospel, we sing)
(Please be seated)
Sermon Pr. Judi Miller (Please Stand)
Hymn # 779 “Amazing Grace”
L: Together with the whole church, we confess our faith:
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
L: . . .Lord, in your mercy, C: Hear our prayer.
Sharing of the Peace
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you!
L: Let us share Christ’s peace with one another.
Offering Hymn #793 “Be Thou My Vision
(As the last verse is sung, please stand as the offering is brought forward.)
L: Let us pray.
All: Gracious God, all goodness flows from you. You bless us and you call us to be a blessing to a world in need. Accept these offerings as a sign of our whole lives returned to you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise. . . .We praise your name and join their unending hymn:
The Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Invitation to Communion
Hymn # 814 “Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am”
Hymn # 815 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”
Hymn # 722 “O Christ, Your Heart Compassionate”
L: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God