Midweek Lenten Service
March 15, 2023
Personal Prayers to use before worship may be found on pages 255-258.
Order of Service: Evening Prayer (Hymnal page 215)
Hymn: 873, Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Confession of Sins
P: Let us join in confessing our sins:
C: 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.
P: 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.
Psalm of the Day: 4C (page 16 in Grey Psalter)
Hymn of the Day: 409, Jesus, Refuge of the Weary
Sermon: Mark 11:12-14, 20-25*
Theme: His Final Steps Led to A Fig Tree
12 The next day, after they had set out from Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 When he saw a fig tree in leaf in the distance, he went to see if he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, since it was not the season for figs. 14 Jesus said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And his disciples were listening.
20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered down to the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
22 Jesus replied, “Have faith in God. 23 Amen I tell you: Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, everything that you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Magnificat: (page 220)
P: Gracious Lord, according to your will and promise,
C: you sent your Son into our world to atone for sin and restore eternal life.
P: You planned his path to the cross,
C: and he followed it perfectly.
P: He confronted the blindness of unbelief, the confusion of doubt, and the hurt of death
C: but was not deterred as he proclaimed your kingdom to the least, the last, and the lost.
P: As we hear and contemplate the holy record of our Savior’s passion and death,
C: use the sharp message of the law to empty us of pride and self-reliance.
P: Humble us as we view the Savior in his humility,
C: remembering and believing that he endured the cross so we might be freed from its horror.
P: In his suffering show us our healing,
C: in his grief show us our joy,
P: and in his death show us our life.
C: Hear our prayers, Lord, for the sake of Jesus. Amen.
Kyrie: (page 221ff)
Blessing (page 224)
Closing Hymn: 794, Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow
*The Scripture reading is from The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage VersionTM (EHVTM) copyright © 2019 The Wartburg Project. All rights reserved. www.wartburgproject.org
Gladly serving the Lord
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Next Week: Our theme for next week will be “His Final Steps Led to Some Greeks.”
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