Wednesday Worship Service

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February 23, 2022

Prayer before Worship

  Almighty God, look with favor on those whom you have called to minister to your people. Fill them with faithfulness to your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life that they may joyfully serve to the glory of your name and for the benefit of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Pastor Frick’s Welcome

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

Confession

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed are they whose sin the Lord does not count against them.

Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Almighty and merciful Father,
        we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
    We have followed what we have devised and desired in our hearts.
    We have offended you and sinned against your holy law.
    We have done those things that we should not have done,
        and we have not done those things that we should have done.
    Have mercy on us, Lord!
        Spare us, forgive us, and restore us,
        according to your promises in Christ Jesus.

Silence for meditation and reflection

Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. 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.
Amen.

Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

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. 
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. 
Amen.

The Word

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, keep your family continually in true faith, so that those who rely only on the hope of your heavenly grace may be protected by your mighty power; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading – Genesis 45:3-15

  Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me – you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’
  “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”
  Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Romans 12:14-21

  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. 
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 
  that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
Alleluia.

Gospel – Matthew 5:38-48

  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ!

Son of God, Eternal Savior – CW 729

1 Son of God, eternal Savior,
    source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us,
    hallows all our human race,
you our head, who, throned in glory,
    for your own will ever plead:
fill us with your love and pity,
    heal our wrongs and help our need.

2 Bind us all as one together
    in your Church’s sacred fold,
weak and healthy, poor and wealthy,
    sad and joyful, young and old.
Is there want or pain or sorrow?
    Make us all the burden share.
Are there spirits crushed and broken?
    Teach us, Lord, to soothe their care.

3 As you, Lord, have lived for others,
    so may we for others live.
Freely have your gifts been granted;
    freely may your servants give.
Yours the gold and yours the silver,
    yours the wealth of land and sea;
we but stewards of your bounty
    held in solemn trust will be.

4 Son of God, eternal Savior,
    source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us
    hallows all our human race,
by your praying, by your willing
    that your people should be one,
grant, O grant our hope’s fruition:
    here on earth your will be done.

Sermon – Matthew 5:38-48

Like Father, Like Son

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
        maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven
        and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the holy Christian Church,
            the communion of saints,
        the forgiveness of sins,
        the resurrection of the body,
        and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

Gracious God, forgiving Father, you do not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Move us to imitate your love that we overcome our selfishness and fear of others, love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

As you empower us with your love, equip us also with your gospel, that our deeds of kindness may give witness to the hope we have and make opportunities for us to share the Savior.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

In your love, watch over those who selflessly give themselves and their time to protect, serve and help those in need: police, fire and first responders. Uphold and protect them as they uphold and protect us.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Give strength, boldness and faithfulness for those who stand up for the truth of your Word. Sustain them with the power of your Word that their witness bears much fruit to your glory.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

You are the Father of compassion and God of all comfort. Comfort us in our troubles so that we can comfort others with the comfort we have received from you. We pray especially for all who suffer pain, illness or distress. Give them health and recovery according to your gracious will.
Lord, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow. 

O God, out of your great love for this world you reconciled earth to heaven through your only Son. By the darkness of our sins we often fail to love our neighbors. Let your light shine in our souls and fill us with your own love, that we embrace our friends in you and our enemies for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Offering

Prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for teaching us the things you want us to believe and do.  Help us by your Holy Spirit to keep your Word in pure hearts that we may be strengthened in faith, guided in holiness and comforted in life and in death, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
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.

Blessing

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.
Amen.