Sunday 10:30 Worship Service

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February 28, 2021

Pastor Frick’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn

Baptized in Water

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit,
Cleansed by the blood of 
Christ our King: 
Heirs of salvation,
Trusting his promise, 
Faithfully now 
God’s praise we sing.

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit,
Dead in the tomb with 
Christ our King: 
One with his rising,
Freed and forgiven, 
Thankfully now 
God’s praise we sing.

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit,
Marked with the sign of 
Christ our King: 
Born of one Father,
We are his children; 
Joyfully now 
God’s praise we sing.

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

Confession of Sins

P: Our Savior Jesus Christ commanded Baptism when he said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” All of us are born into this world with a deep need for Baptism. From our parents we inherit a sinful nature; we are without true fear of God and true faith in God and are condemned to eternal death. But Jesus took away our sin by giving his life on the cross. At our baptisms he clothes us with the robe of his righteousness and gives us a new life. Our sinful nature need not control us any longer. We recall what Baptism means for our daily lives as we speak these words:
C: Baptism means that the sinful nature in us should be drowned by daily sorrow and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

P: As baptized children of God we confess our sins:
C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

Sacrament of Baptism

P: In obedience to the command of our Lord and trusting in his promise, you have brought this child to be baptized. Jesus told us: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” It is in Baptism that God grants the new life of forgiveness, joy, and peace to little children. By the power of God’s Word, this gracious water of life washes away sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe.

P: Receive the sign of the cross on the head and heart to mark you as a redeemed child of Christ.

Baptism of Jordy Robert Galbraith

Exhortation

P: Brothers and sisters in Christ, our Lord commands that we teach his precious truths to all who are baptized. Christian love therefore urges all of us, especially parents and sponsors, to assist in whatever manner possible so that Jordy may remain a child of God until death. If you are willing to carry out this responsibility, then answer: Yes, as God gives me strength.
C: Yes, as God gives me strength.

P: Let us pray.
  Merciful Father in heaven, we thank you for the blessing of Baptism by which you offer and grant the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Help us to regard our baptisms as the robe of righteousness we are to wear all the days of our lives. Look with special favor on Jordy and grant him a rich measure of your Spirit that he may grow in faith and godly living. Make us willing to carry out our responsibilities to those who have been baptized, so that all of us may finally come to the blessed joys of heaven, through Jesus our Lord.
C: Amen.

Anthem – Grades 6-8 – My Worth

The students will sing verses 1-2 and first refrain. 
The congregation is invited to sing verses 3-5 and subsequent refrains.

My worth is not in what I own 
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love 
At the cross.

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross.

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in him alone.

The congregation joins in singing.

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross.

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross.

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in him alone.

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross.

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in him alone.

First Lesson – Genesis 28:10-17

The Lord makes a promise to comfort one who was suffering.

  Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
  When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

Psalm of the Day – Psalm 73

Refrain
Surely, it is God who saves me; 
I will trust in him and not be afraid. 
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, 
and he will be my Savior.

I am always with you, O LORD;
you hold me by my right hand.

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.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain
Surely, it is God who saves me; 
I will trust in him and not be afraid. 
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, 
and he will be my Savior.

Second Lesson – Romans 5:1-11

Christ died for us. 

  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Verse of the Day

P: Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Gospel – Mark 8:31-38

Take up your cross and follow Jesus.  

  He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
  But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
  Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

The Confession of Faith – Nicene Creed

  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. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. 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, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian 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.

Sermon Hymn

Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me

Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Christ is near 
With his cheer; 
Never will he leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
That God’s Son 
For me won 
When his life was given?

When life’s troubles rise to meet me,
Though their weight 
May be great, 
They will not defeat me.
God, my loving Savior, sees them;
He who knows 
All my woes 
Knows how best to end them.

God gives me my days of gladness,
And I will 
Trust him still 
When he sends me sadness.
God is good; his love attends me
Day by day, 
Come what may, 
Guides me and defends me.

Since I know God never fails me,
In his voice 
I’ll rejoice 
When grim death assails me.
Trusting in my Savior’s merit,
Safe at last, 
Troubles past, 
I shall heav’n inherit.

Sermon – Mark 8:31-38

Lent Is on God’s Mind

Create in Me

The congregation sings.

C: Create in me a clean heart, O God,
  and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
  and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
  and uphold me with your free Spirit. Amen.

Offering

Moved by God’s love in Christ,
we offer him our first and best gifts,
purely out of thanks to him.

Prayers and 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.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

The congregation sings the responses.

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
C: It is good and right so to do.

P: It is good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who brought the gift of salvation to all people by his death on the tree of the cross, so that the devil, who overcame us by a tree would in turn by a tree be overcome. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts in heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

The congregation sings.

C: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts:
heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, in the highest.
Blessed is he, blessed is he, blessed is he
  who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Words of Institution

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

O Christ, Lamb of God

The congregation sings.

C: O Christ, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us.
O Christ, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us.
O Christ, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
  grant us your peace. Amen.

Distribution

The congregation sings these hymns during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper.

Lord, You I Love with All My Heart

Lord, you I love with all my heart; 
I pray you ne’er from me depart;
With tender mercies cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share; 
Heaven itself were void and bare
If you, Lord, were not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break, 
My trust in you no one could shake.
You are the treasure I have sought; 
Your precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust your Word.

Lord God, ’twas your rich bounty gave 
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in ev’ry place 
May glorify your lavish grace
And serve and help my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile; 
Let Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me 
To bear my crosses willingly.
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust your Word.

Lord, let at last your angels come; 
To Abram’s bosom bear me home
That I may die unfearing.
And in its narrow chamber keep 
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until your reappearing.
And then from death awaken me 
That my own eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, your glorious face, 
My Savior and my Fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise you without end.

I Walk in Danger All the Way

I walk in danger all the way; 
The thought shall never leave me
That Satan, who has marked his prey, 
Is plotting to deceive me.
This foe with hidden snares 
May seize me unawares
If e’er I fail to watch and pray; 
I walk in danger all the way.

I pass through trials all the way, 
With sin and ills contending;
In patience I must bear each day 
The cross of God’s own sending.
Oft in adversity 
I know not where to flee
When storms of woe my soul dismay; 
I pass through trials all the way.

Grim death pursues me all the way; 
Nowhere I rest securely.
He comes by night, he comes by day, 
And takes his prey most surely.
A failing breath, and I 
In death’s strong grasp may lie
To face eternity today. 
Grim death pursues me all the way.

I walk with angels all the way; 
They shield me and befriend me.
All Satan’s pow’r is held at bay 
When heav’nly hosts attend me.
They are my sure defense; 
All fear and sorrow, hence!
Unharmed by foes, do what they may, 
I walk with angels all the way.

I walk with Jesus all the way; 
His guidance never fails me.
He takes my ev’ry fear away 
When Satan’s pow’r assails me,
And, by his footsteps led, 
My path I safely tread.
In spite of ills that threaten may, 
I walk with Jesus all the way.

My walk is heav’nward all the way; 
Await, my soul, the morrow,
When you farewell can gladly say 
To all your sin and sorrow.
All worldly pomp, begone! 
To heav’n I now press on.
For all the world I would not stay; 
My walk is heav’nward all the way.

Thanksgiving

When the distribution is done, the congregation sings the song and the responses.

Song of Simeon

C: Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace
  according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared before the face of all people,
  a light to lighten the Gentiles
  and the glory of your people Israel.

P: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
C: And his mercy endures forever.

P: O God the Father, source of all goodness, in your loving kindness you sent your Son to share in our humanity. We thank you that through him you have given us pardon and peace in this sacrament. We also pray that you will not forsake us but will rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit so that we willingly serve you day after day, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

Blessing

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Savior, I Follow On

Savior, I follow on, 
Guided by thee,
Seeing not yet the hand 
That leadeth me.
Hushed be my heart and still; 
Fear I no further ill.
Only to meet thy will 
My will shall be.

Riven the rock for me, 
Thirst to relieve,
Manna from heaven falls 
Fresh ev’ry eve.
Never a want severe 
Causeth my eye a tear,
But thou dost whisper near, 
“Only believe.”

Often to Marah’s brink 
Have I been brought;
Shrinking the cup to drink, 
Help I have sought,
And with the prayer’s ascent 
Jesus the branch hath rent,
Quickly relief hath sent, 
Sweet’ning the draught.

Savior, I long to walk 
Closer with thee;
Led by thy guiding hand, 
Ever to be
Constantly near thy side, 
Quickened and purified,
Living for him who died 
Freely for me.