3rd Midweek Lenten Service March 3

PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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Lent and Its Season
Begins on Ash Wednesday.
Ends with midday prayer on Holy Saturday.
The resurrection of Jesus is our great salvation.  To prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection (Easter), the Church sets aside a period of preparation.  In AD 325, the Council of Nicaea recorded the first reference to the specific number of days for Lent:  forty.  This forty-day preparation was first prescribed for baptismal candidates and became known as Lent (from the Old English word for “spring”).  During this period, the candidates were examined in preparation for Baptism at the Easter (or Paschal) Vigil.  Later, these forty days were associated with Jesus’ forty days in the desert prior to His temptation (Matthew 4) and with the forty years the children of Israel spent in the wilderness (Numbers 14:34) and became a period of preparation for every Christian.
                               -TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER (9,10)

OPENING HYMN: 423 “Jesus Refuge Of The Weary”
Jesus, refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love, Fountain in life's desert dreary, Savior from the world above: Often have Your eyes, offended, Gazed upon the sinner's fall; Yet upon the cross extended, You have borne the pain of all.
Do we pass that cross unheeding, Breathing no repentant vow, Though we see You wounded, bleeding,
See Your thorn-encircled brow? Yet Your sinless death has brought us Life eternal, peace, and rest; Only what Your grace hath taught us Calms the sinner's deep distress.
Jesus, may our hearts be burning With more fervent love for You; May our eyes be ever turning To behold Your cross anew Till in glory, parted never From the blessed Savior's side, Graven in our hearts forever, Dwell the cross, the Crucified.

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

C. Amen.

P. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

C. The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.

P. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

C. The Lord sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

P. “The word that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to me empty,” says the Lord.

C. “It shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

P. Heavenly Father, we pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will entrust ourselves at all times to your care. If we are persecuted for the sake of Jesus, full us with the courage and strength to love and pray for those who hate us. Help us to react to suffering with patience so that those who hurt us will see you power at work in our lives and give glory to you. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name.

C. Amen.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY:  Psalm 22:6-11
P. But I am a worm and not a man,

C. Scorned by men and despised by the people.

P. All who see me mock me;

C. They hurl insults, shaking their heads:

P. “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him.      

C. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

P.  Yet you brought me out of the womb;

C. You made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.

P. From birth I was cast upon you;

C. From my mother’s womb you have been my God.

P. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near

C. And there is no one to help.


 I. What does it mean to be ridiculed?

II.     Matthew 9:18-26?

A. Why did the people laugh?

B. Why might people find Jesus description of death laughable?

III.  Luke 16:11-15

A. What is Jesus saying about wealth here?

B. Why do the Pharisees ridicule Jesus?

C. What is Jesus’ response?

IV.   Luke 22:63-65

A. How is Jesus mistreated here?

B.  Why do you think these men held Jesus in such contempt?

V.    Matthew 27:32-44

A. In what different ways is Jesus mocked?

B. How are Jesus’ own teachings about himself used as ammunition agains him?

VI.    1 Peter 2:21-25

A. How did Jesus respond to those who ridiculed him?

B. To whom did he entrust himself?

C. In whose footsteps are we to follow when mocked for our faith?

VII.  Things To Ponder

 A. In what ways are Christians sometimes ridiculed today because of their faith?

B.     Why is it so important for us to remember who we are when faced with hate and ridicule?


HYMN: 425 “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” (1,2)
When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast Save in the death of Christ, my God; All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.
P. Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,

C. By the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

P. And, since we have a great high priest over the house of God,

C. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

P. With our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

C. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,

P. For he who promised is faithful.

C. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
How did Jesus respond to those who ridiculed him?

P. Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

C. But encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Heavenly Father, we pray this night that you will continue to guide us by the power of your Spirit. We pray that we will always honor you by being who we are called to be, even when ridiculed because of it. And we pray that we will always hold the reading and proclamation of your Word sacred. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

P. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lead you as you take up your cross to follow him. The Lord grant you salvation and guide your feet in the way of peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  439 “O Dearest Jesus” (7-9)
O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded, That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded! All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying While Thou wert dying.
O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory! How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story? How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer? What dare I offer?
For vainly doth our human wisdom ponder—- Thy woes, Thy mercy, still transcend our wonder. Oh, how should I do aught that could delight Thee! Can I requite Thee?


4th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 10th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

5th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 17th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

6th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 24th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday Worship, Sunday, March 28th
Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 1st
Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2nd
Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 4th
Easter Sunrise Worship Service at 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Celebration Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.














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