Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 19, 2023
Personal Prayers to use before worship may be found on pages 255-258.
Personal preparation for Holy Communion is found on page 295-296.
O Lord Jesus Christ, by your almighty power you opened the eyes of the blind and showed yourself to them. Turn our eyes away from worthless things and lead us to love you sincerely; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Gloria In Excelsis (page 157)
First Lesson: Isaiah 42:14-21*
14I have been silent for a long time. I have kept still. I have restrained myself. Like a woman giving birth, I will scream. I will gasp and pant.
15I will dry up mountains and hills. I will make all their grass wither. I will turn rivers into islands. I will dry up pools.
16I will lead the blind on a way they do not know. Along paths they do not know I will direct them. Ahead of them I will turn darkness into light and rough places into level ground. These are the promises I will accomplish for them. I will not abandon them.
17They will be turned back and be completely disgraced - those who trust in an idol, those who say to molten images, “You are our gods.”
18You deaf ones, listen! You blind ones, watch carefully so you can see!
19Who is so blind as my servant or so deaf as my messenger whom I sent? Who is so blind as my covenant partner and so blind as the servant of the Lord?
20You see many things, but you do not observe. He opens his ears, but he does not hear.
21Because of his righteousness the Lord was pleased to make his law great and glorious.
Psalm of the Day: 27B (page 134 in Grey Psalter)
Second Lesson: Ephesians 5:8-14*
8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. 10Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord, 11and do not participate in fruitless deeds of darkness. Instead, expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention the things that are done by people in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes things visible. 14Therefore it is said, “Awake, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Choir: “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”
Gospel Lesson: John 9:1-7, 13-14, 34-39*
As Jesus was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that God’s works might be revealed in connection with him. 4I must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the World.” 6After saying this, Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and spread the mud on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” Jesus told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
13They brought this man who had been blind to the Pharisees. 14Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15So the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man told them. “I washed, and now I see.”
16Then some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God because he does not keep the Sabbath.” Others were saying, “How can a sinful man work such miraculous signs?” There was division among them, 17so they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
34They answered him, “You were entirely born in sinfulness! Yet you presume to teach us?” And they threw him out.
35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out. When he found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”
36“Who is he, sir,” the man replied, “that I may believe in him?”
37Jesus answered, “You have seen him, and he is the very one who is speaking with you.”
38Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” and he knelt down and worshipped him.
39Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, in order that those who do not see will see, and those who do see will become blind.”
Hymn of the Day: 517, Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:8-14
Theme: “Christ’s Light Shines Brightly”
Nicene Creed: (Hymnal page 162)
Offering, Prayer of the Church (page 164)
The Sacrament: (page 165)
(Close Communion: Christians understand Holy Communion as, among other things, a statement of agreement with all the Bible’s teachings. Members of Beautiful Savior or any WELS or ELS congregation are invited. Others are asked to wait to commune with us until after you have had a chance to compare your beliefs with what the Bible teaches. Please speak to the Pastor to set up an appointment.)
Distribution Hymns: 675, Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
932, Sent Forth by God's Blessing
Prayer (page 171)
Closing Hymn: 926, Lead Me, Lord
*The Scripture readings are 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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Thursday: 1 Samuel 10 AM
Welcome! To the new friends among us, we bid you welcome! To the friends who know us, we renew our welcome. If you are seeking to know Jesus Christ better, we invite you to keep studying God’s inspired, inerrant Word with us. Classes giving Bible information which you will appreciate are offered regularly. Beautiful Savior became a congregation in 1991, and today proclaims the same message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
Lenten Service: This Wednesday will be our fifth midweek service. Our theme this week is “His Final Steps Led to Some Greeks.” Service is preceded by Soup supper at 6:00 PM.
Baptism: We rejoice that Aarilynn Rae Church, daughter of Michael and Jaymee (nee Grimm) Church is now a member of God’s Kingdom through this amazing Sacrament of Baptism.
Council: The Council meets today following Bible study.
Easter Breakfast: There is a sign-up sheet for Easter breakfast. We simply ask you let us know how many are planning to attend.
Easter Lilies: There is a sign-up sheet available to provide Easter Lilies. They are $14.95 and there is an envelope for payment. Thank you.
Ladies Prayer/Study Group: There is a sign-up sheet for getting the next book that you will be going through. The sheet is in the fellowship area. The book is “Full Accessories of God: The Spirit’s Makeover for Women.”
The 2023 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship area. Cost per arrangement is $20. See Sharon or Peggy.
Fellowship treats sign up: Please help us provide Sunday fellowship treats by signing up on the sheet on the wall by the kitchen counter.
Hearing Assistance: If anyone is in need of being able to hear the service better, there are assistance devices available for use. See Pastor, Harold Henriksen, or Jerry Sexton for help in using one.
AED: A defibrillator unit is available in a health emergency. It is located in the Pastor’s office.
Coupons are available in the library area. Take ones you can use.
This Week with Our Savior
March 19 - 26, 2023