6th Midweek Lenten Service - March 24

WED., MARCH 24, 2021    6th MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICE
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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OPENING HYMN: 436 “Go To Dark Gethsemane”
Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter's pow'r;
Your Redeemer's conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calv'ry's mournful mountain climb
There' adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete:
"It is finished!" Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris'n! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.

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

C. Amen.

APPROACHING THE WORD
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.”

OPENING PRAYER
P. Heavenly Father, when the time was right, you sent your Son to redeem us. As Scripture foretold, Jesus was  betrayed and abandoned by his friends. Although he was innocent, he was condemned to death and carried our sins in his  body to the cross. He was abandoned to suffering and death so that we will never be abandoned. We offer to you our [raise and thanksgiving in the name of Jesus our Lord.

C. Amen.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 22:1-5
P. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

C. O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.

P. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.

C. In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.

P. They cried to you and were saved;

C. in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
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TONIGHT’S STUDY:  ABANDONMENT

I. What does it mean to be abandoned?


II. Read Matthew 26:30-35

A. What is the claim of the disciples when Jesus tells them that they will all fall away?

B. What promise of hope does Jesus give?


III. Matthew 26:47-56

A. What do the disciples do to come to Jesus’ defense?


B. What does Jesus say to put a stop to this defense?


C. Why doesn’t Jesus call on the angelic army?


D. Why do the disciples flee?


IV. Matthew 27:45-50

A. Who do some of the people think Jesus is calling, and why?


B. Jesus’ words here might very well be referring to Psalm 22:1-8. How so? And, why might Jesus be referring to this Psalm?


C. Why was Jesus abandoned, forsaken, on the cross by the Father?

V.   Things To Ponder

A. In what circumstances might we find ourselves boasting as did the disciples on the night of Jesus’ betrayal?


B. In what circumstances might we be tempted to think that God has forsaken us?


C. What comfort do we find in Hebrews 13:5-6? How do we apply this truth to our lives?


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HYMN: 427 “In The Cross Of Christ I Glory”
In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time. All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.
When the woes of life o'ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me; Lo, it glows with peace and joy.
When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure By the Cross are sanctified; Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that through all time abide.

A RESPONSIVE READING
P. I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?

C. My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

P. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;

C. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

P. The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

C. the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

P. The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;

C. the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

CLOSING PRAYER
Lord Jesus, when we are afraid and feeling alone and abandoned, help us to cling to your promise, “I am with you always.” You gave up your life to save us and we know that you will never leave us.  Amen.

THE BENEDICTION
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:  451 “Stricken, Smitten, And Afflicted”
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! 'Tis the Christ, by man rejected; Yes, my soul, 'tis He, 'tis He! 'Tis the long-expected Prophet, David's Son, yet David's Lord; Proofs I see sufficient of it: 'Tis the true and faithful Word.
Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning, Was there ever grief like His? Friends through fear His cause disowning, Foes insulting His distress; Many hands were raised to wound Him, None would interpose to save; But the deepest stroke that pierced Him Was the stroke that Justice gave.
Ye who think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate. Mark the sacrifice appointed, See who bears the awful load; 'Tis the Word, the Lord's anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.
Here we have a firm foundation, Here the refuge of the lost; Christ, the Rock of our salvation, His the name of which we boast: Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, Sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded Who on Him their hope have built.


LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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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