Calling all Crafters, Cooks and Gardeners

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Calling all crafters, bakers, and gardeners in
the Bethany church family…
Do you have a special cookie you like to make? A brownie that is
just scrumptious? Then sign up on the bake sale list today! Do you
like to craft something unusual or cute?

Or perhaps you sew or glue gun or little whittle away the hours?
Come see us! We will put your talents to good use!

We need your talents and energies to make the Christmas in July Bazaar a
success! The bazaar is both a fundraiser for Bethany’s financial support
and an outreach to the community. It will be fun for the whole family!
We will have homemade crafts, baked items, subs, a silent auction,
homegrown vegetables and plants, and much more! Spread the word!

Bring your friends and family!
July 13th 9am-1pm

Immediate Needs:
• Christmas Gift Bags- all sizes pre-
used but in good condition- put in
the box in the stairwell.

• Volunteers to help in all categories.
Sign up to help today via email or
on the bulletin board!

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Third Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 14, 2024

 

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #128 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia!”

 

Prayer of the day: 

O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Acts 3:11–21

11While [the lame man who was now healed] clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s, astounded. 12And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.”

 

Psalm 30:1–5; antiphon: Psalm 16:11b

L: In your presence there is fullness of joy;
C: at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
L: I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
C: and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
L: O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
C: and you have healed me.
L: O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
C: you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
L: Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
C: and give thanks to his holy name.
L: For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.
C: Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: In your presence there is fullness of joy;
C: at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Epistle:

1 John 3:1–7

1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 4Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

 

Gospel:

 

36As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate before them. 44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #140 “With High Delight Let Us Unite”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #144 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!”

 

Second Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 7, 2024

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #141 “The Day of Resurrection!”

 

Prayer of the day: 

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Acts 4:32–35

32The full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

Psalm 105:1–5, 8; antiphon: 1 Peter 2:2–3

L: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
C: if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
L: Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
C: make known his deeds among the peoples!
L: Sing to him, sing praises to him;
C: tell of all his wondrous works!
L: Glory in his holy name;
C: let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
L: Seek the Lord and his strength;
C: seek his presence continually!
L: Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
C: his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.
L: He remembers his covenant forever,
C: the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
C: if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

 

Epistle:

1 John 1:1—2:2

11That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

21My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

Gospel:

John 20:19–31

19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.” 24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #139 “O Sons and Daughters of the King”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #130 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”

Christmas in July Bazaar

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Easter Sunday The Resurrection of Our Lord Sunday, March 31, 2024

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #151 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”

 

Prayer of the day: 

O God, for our redemption You gave Your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of the enemy. Grant that all our sin may be drowned through daily repentance and that day by day we may arise to live before You in righteousness and purity forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Isaiah 25:6–9

6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
           a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
           of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7And he will swallow up on this mountain
           the covering that is cast over all peoples,
           the veil that is spread over all nations.
           8He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
           and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
           for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
           “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
           This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
           let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

 

Exodus 15:2, 6, 13, 17–18; antiphon: v. 1

L: I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
C: the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
L: The Lord is my strength and my song,
C: and he has become my salvation.
L: Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
C: your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
L: You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;
C: you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
L: You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,
C: the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode,
L: the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
C: The Lord will reign forever and ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
C: the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

 

Epistle:

1 Corinthians 15:1–11

1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

 

Gospel:

Mark 16:1–8

1When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #143 “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #352 “I Know that My Redeemer Lives!”

 

Palm Sunday Sunday of the Passion Sunday, March 24, 2024

 

 

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #26 “Prepare the Royal Highway”

 

Prayer of the day: 

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Zechariah 9:9–12

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
           Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
behold, your king is coming to you;
           righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
           on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
           and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
           and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
           and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
           I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
           today I declare that I will restore to you double.

 

Psalm 24:7–10; antiphon: Psalm 118:26

L: Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: We bless you from the house of the Lord.
L: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
C: that the King of glory may come in.
L: Who is this King of glory?
C: The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
L: Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors,
C: that the King of glory may come in.
L: Who is this King of glory?
C: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
L: Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: We bless you from the house of the Lord.

 

Epistle:

Philippians 2:5–11

5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Gospel:

John 12:20–43

20Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40“He has blinded their eyes
           and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
           and understand with their heart, and turn,
           and I would heal them.”

41Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #108 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #121 “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”

Fifth Sunday in Lent Sunday, March 17, 2024

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #97 “Christ, the Life of All the Living”

 

Prayer of the day: 

Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Exodus 20:1-18

The Ten Commandments

20 And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” 18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off

 

Psalm 116:1–4, 8; antiphon: Psalm 43:1
L: Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,
C: from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
L: I love the Lord, because he has heard
C: my voice and my pleas for mercy.
L: Because he inclined his ear to me,
C: therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
L: The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
C: I suffered distress and anguish.
L: Then I called on the name of the Lord:
C: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
L: For you have delivered my soul from death,
C: my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,
C: from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

 

Epistle:

Galatians 3:15-18, 23-29

The Law and the Promise

15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

 

Gospel:

John 8:31-38

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #94 “My Song Is Love Unknown”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #95 “Glory Be to Jesus”

Fourth Sunday in Lent Sunday, March 10, 2024

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #482 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

 

Prayer of the day: 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

First Reading:

Numbers 21:4–9

4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

 

Psalm 27:3–5; antiphon: v. 1

L: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
C: The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
L: Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
C: though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
L: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
C: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
L: For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
C: he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
C: The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

Epistle:

Ephesians 2:1–10

1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

Gospel:

John 3:14–21

14[Jesus said:] “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #292 “God Loved the World”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #304 “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”

Third Sunday in Lent Sunday, March 3, 2024  

 

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #291 “Jesus Sinners Will Receive”

 

Prayer of the day: 

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Isaiah 64:1–9

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. 5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. 8But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

 

Psalm 25:1–3; antiphon: Zechariah 9:9

L: Behold, your king is coming to you;
C: righteous and having salvation.
L: To you, O Lord,
C: I lift up my soul.
L: O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;
C: let not my enemies exult over me.
L: Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
C: they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.

C: righteous and having salvation.

                                                                                     

Epistle:

1 Corinthians 1:3–9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Gospel:

Mark 11:1–10

1When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #448 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #343 “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer”

Second Sunday of Lent Sunday, February 25, 2024

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #306 “Chief of Sinners though I Be”

 

Prayer of the day: 

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading:

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. . . .

15And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

 

Psalm 115:11–13, 18; antiphon: Psalm 25:6

L: Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
C: for they have been from of old.
L: You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
C: He is their help and their shield.
L: The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us;
C: he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
L: he will bless those who fear the Lord,
C: both the small and the great.
L: We will bless the Lord
C: from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
C: for they have been from of old.

                                                                             

Epistle:

Romans 5:1–11

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Gospel:

Mark 8:27–38

27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37For what can a man give in return for his life? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

Message Hymn:  LBW #315 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #93 “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”