Midweek Lenten Service

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March 24, 2021

The sanctuary is quiet as worshipers enter.
The quietness is for personal reflection and confession.

Welcome to today’s service.
We pray that the Lord will richly bless your hour of worship.

Pastor Turriff’s Welcome

Opening Hymn

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

O sacred head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded,
With thorns your only crown,
O sacred head, no glory
Now from your face does shine;
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call you mine.

Men mock and taunt and jeer you,
They smite your countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear you
And flee before your glance.
How pale you are with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
Your eyes with pain now languish
That once were bright as morn!

Now from your cheeks has vanished
Their color, once so fair;
From your red lips is banished
The splendor that was there.
Grim death with cruel rigor
Has robbed you of your life;
Thus you have lost your vigor,
Your strength, in this sad strife.

My burden in your passion,
Lord, you have borne for me,
For it was my transgression,
My shame, on Calvary.
I cast me down before you;
Wrath is my rightful lot.
Have mercy, I implore you;
Redeemer, spurn me not!

What language shall I borrow
To thank you, dearest Friend,
For this, your dying sorrow,
Your pity without end?
Oh, make me yours forever,
And keep me strong and true;
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love for you.

My Savior, then be near me
When death is at my door,
And let your presence cheer me;
Forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish,
Oh, leave me not alone,
But take away my anguish
By virtue of your own!

Lord, be my consolation,
My shield when I must die;
Remind me of your passion
When my last hour draws nigh.
My eyes will then behold you,
Upon your cross will dwell;
My heart will then enfold you –
Who dies in faith dies well!


P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:
C: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

P: If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,
C: We lie and do not live by the truth.

P: If we claim to be without sin,
C: We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

C: Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child. Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner, and in the joy of the Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days.

Silence for private confession

P: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Upon this, your confession, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Thanks be to God. Amen.


P: O Lord, your Word is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Guide our footsteps by your Word so that we may remain steadfast in faith, love you with all our hearts, and love our neighbor as ourselves; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
C: Amen.

3:30 service only

Anthem by Grades 4-5

Passion Reading – Mark 15:16-47

  The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
  A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.  They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 
  It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
  They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 
  At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 
  When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 
  One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 
  With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 
  The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” 
  Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. 
  It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. 

Seasonal Response

All: All we like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. By his wounds we are healed.


O Dearest Jesus

O dearest Jesus, 
  what law have you broken
That such sharp sentence 
  should on you be spoken?
Of what great crime have 
  you to make confession –
What dark transgression?

They crown your head with
  thorns, they smite, they scourge you;
With cruel mockings
  to the cross they urge you;
They give you gall to
  drink, they still decry you;
They crucify you.

Whence come these sorrows, 
  whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for 
  which you, Lord, must languish;
Yes, all the wrath, the 
  woe that you inherit
This I do merit.

What punishment so
  strange is suffered yonder!
The Shepherd dies for
  sheep that loved to wander;
The Master pays the
  debt his servants owe him,
Who would not know him.

The sinless Son of
  God must die in sadness;
The sinful child of
  man may live in gladness;
We forfeited our
  lives, yet are acquitted –
God is committed.

I’ll think upon your 
  mercy without ceasing,
That earth’s vain joys to 
  me no more be pleasing;
To do your will shall 
  be my sole endeavor
Henceforth forever.

And when, dear Lord, before
  your throne in heaven
To me the crown of
  joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns your
  saints forever raise you,
I too shall praise you.

Sermon – Matthew 27:27-31

Preacher: Pastor John Gawrisch
Star of Bethlehem, New Berlin

Hands of Brutality

  Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 

Our Offerings of Love Are Brought Forward

Prayer of the Church

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. 

Evening Prayer 

All: All praise to you, our God, this night
For all the blessings of the light.
Keep us, yes, keep us, King of kings
Beneath your own almighty wings.
Forgive us, Lord, through your dear Son
For sins that we this day have done,
That as we sleep, peace we would hold
With all, with you, within our souls. Amen.


P: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
C: Amen.

Closing Hymn

Deep Were His Wounds

Deep were his wounds, and red,
On cruel Calvary,
As on the cross he bled
In bitter agony.
But they whom sin has wounded sore
Find healing in the wounds he bore.

He suffered shame and scorn
Abd wretched, dire disgrace;
Forsaken and forlorn,
He hung there in our place.
But all who would from sin be free
Look to his cross for victory.

His life, his all, he gave
When he was crucified;
Our burdened souls to save,
What fearful death he died!
But each of us, though dead in sin,
Through him eternal life may win.