Midweek Lenten Service

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April 6, 2022

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

Welcome to today’s service. This year’s theme for Lent is, “The Road to Redemption”.
Tonight we give our attention to: “Lamb to Lamb” as we see Jesus in the upper room.

We thank Pastor Jon Nitz from Star of Bethlehem for leading us in worship.
We pray the Lord will richly bless our hour of worship.


Invocation

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

Responses (From Psalm 73)

Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart.

You guide me with your counsel,
And afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Those who are far from you will perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Not All the Blood of Beasts – CW 398

1 Not all the blood of beasts
    on Israel’s altars slain
could give the guilty conscience peace
    or wash away the stain.

2 But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb,
    takes all our sins away,
a sacrifice of nobler name
    and richer blood than they.

3 In faith I place my hand
    on that dear head divine,
as penitently here I stand
    and lay on him my sin.

4 My soul looks back to see
    the burden you did bear
when hanging on the cursèd tree;
    I know my guilt was there!

5 Believing, we rejoice
    to see the curse remove;
we bless the Lamb with cheerful voice
    and sing his bleeding love.

Confession – CW 226

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.

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

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
    in our thoughts,
    in our words,
    in our deeds,
    and in all that we have not done.
    Forgive us in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Deliver and restore us,
        that we may rest in peace.

By the mercy of God we are redeemed by Jesus Christ,
    and in him we are forgiven.
Let us rest in his peace until the rising of the sun,
    when we shall serve him in newness of life.
Amen.

Prayer

O God, compassionate Father and Friend, remember not our sins but rather remember your love and mercy. Relieve our distress and satisfy us with eternal peace through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

History of our Lord’s Suffering and Death 

“Calvary”

P: Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus. He was passing by on his way in from the country. They seized him, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
  A large number of people followed Jesus, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them,
C: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then ‘they will say to the mountains: “Fall on us!” and to the hills: “Cover us!” ‘ For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

P: Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called Golgotha, they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. It was the third hour when they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left, and Jesus in the middle. Thus the Scripture was fulfilled which says,
C: “He was counted with the lawless ones.” Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

P: Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened above his head on the cross. The written charge against him read, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. The sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate,
Women: “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Men: Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

P: When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them. They cast lots to see what each would get. The undergarment remained. It was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
C: “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

P: This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among themselves and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.
  The people too stood watching. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying,
C: “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

P: Even the rulers sneered at him. In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves.
C: “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. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “

P: In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him heaped insults on him. The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said,
C: “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”

P: One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him:
Men: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

P: But the other criminal rebuked him.
Women: “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

P: Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
  Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother,
C: “Here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

P:From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
  It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.
  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “EIoi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  When some of those standing there heard this, they said,
C: “He’s calling Elijah.”

P: Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said,
C: “I am thirsty.”

P: A jar of wine vinegar was there. Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. But the rest said,
C: “Leave him alone now. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him and take him down.”

P: When he had received the drink, Jesus said,
All: “It is finished.”

P: Then he cried out again with a loud voice,
C: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

P: When he said this, he bowed his head and gave up his life.At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified. The centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, said,
All: “Surely he was the Son of God!”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Into your hands I commend my spirit.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.

You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.

Behold, Redemption’s Road

1 Behold, redemption’s road 
   On which our Savior strode – 
   To death and grave he goes 
   To pay the debt we owe. 
   The price our souls to gain 
   Was cross, and lash and shame. 

2 Recall the ancient feast!
   The bread made without yeast!
   Christ is the Pascal Lamb!
   The seed of Abraham.
   His blood is on the door
   In him death passes o’er!

8 How wondrous are the ways 
   That God his people saves 
   And what does God us owe? 
   And who his mind has known? 
   With humble praise now shout 
   these paths he has traced out! 

Pastor Nitz’s Sermon – Exodus 12:1-14

Lamb to Lamb

  The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire – head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
  “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn – both men and animals – and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
  “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – a lasting ordinance.

The Blood of the Lamb – CW 418

1 The Father sees his children’s chains.
From Pharaoh’s land they cry in pain.
To rescue them, he makes a way:
    the blood of the lamb.

2 The lamb is slain as sun is set –
a perfect lamb, without defect.
They stain their doors with innocence:
    the blood of the lamb.

3 As midnight looms, the hour of death,
God seeks the firstborn, steals their breath,
but passes o’er doors drenched in red:
    the blood of the lamb.

4 Children of God, we too were slaves:
our master – sin! Our end – the grave!
But freedom came in crimson shades:
    the blood of the Lamb.

5 This perfect Lamb is Jesus Christ.
He gave himself as sacrifice.
His life poured out, the final price:
    the blood of the Lamb.

6 The blood he spilled, the life he spent,
he gives us now in sacrament.
Eternal life on Christ depends:
    the blood of the Lamb.

Presentation of the Offering

Prayer

Great Liberator of the Soul, in ancient times you, by the blood of the Passover lamb, caused death to pass over your people and lead them into freedom. We praise you now for providing yourself as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Let the precious blood of your covenant, which you have painted upon the doorposts and doorframes of our heart in Holy Baptism, which you have delivered to us in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, which you announce to us again and again in the preaching of your holy Gospel, always keep us within the household of faith, your church, as we are led out of death and through the desert to the promised land. Amen.

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.

Exhortation (From Psalm 3)

O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

To the Lord I cry aloud,
And he answers me from his holy hill.

Arise, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!

From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who watch or work or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, pity the afflicted, soothe the suffering, bless the dying and all for your love’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing

The almighty and merciful Lord – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – bless us and keep us.
Amen.

God Who Made the Earth and Heaven – CW 787

1 God, who made the earth and heaven,
    darkness and light:
you the day for work have given,
    for rest the night.
May your angel guards defend us,
slumber sweet your mercy send us,
holy dreams and hopes attend us
    all through the night.

2 And when morn again shall call us
    to run life’s way,
may we still, whate’er befall us,
    your will obey.
From the pow’r of evil hide us,
in the narrow pathway guide us,
never be your smile denied us
    all through the day.

3 Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
    and, when we die,
may we in your mighty keeping
    all peaceful lie.
When the last dread call shall wake us,
then, O Lord, do not forsake us,
but to reign in glory take us
    with you on high.

4 Holy Father, throned in heaven,
    all-holy Son,
Holy Spirit, freely given,
    blest Three in One:
grant us grace, we now implore you,
till we lay our crowns before you
and in worthier strains adore you
    while ages run.