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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Lenten Pre-Service Psalms 32, 51, 54, 56, 57, 130, 143, 22 – Hymnal
Choir: “In Thy Wounds Most Holy”TLH 145 : Jesus, Refuge of the Weary
The Invocation and Our Confession of Sins:
Lord God almighty, in this holy season, I come before You as spiritual dust and ashes – as an unworthy, judgment-deserving sinner coming before a holy and just God. Grant me a broken and contrite heart that confesses my many sins and ever turns to You for mercy and forgiveness. Lead me on my Lenten journey to the cross of Your Son. May I by faith find there what You promise – forgiveness, healing and salvation in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for my sins.
The Absolution (God’s Assurance of Forgiveness)
I lay my sins on Jesus, The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us, From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus, To wash my crimson satin
White in His blood most precious, Till not a spot remains.
The Reading of the Passion Story (According to the Four Evangelists)
Our Lenten Creed (Luther’s Explanation to the 2nd Article)
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true Man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil – not with gold or silver, but with His innocent suffering and death. All this He did that I should be His own and live under Him and his kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. Just as He is reisen from death, lives and rules to all eternity. This is most certainly true.TLH 143 st 1-5: O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken
The Trials of Jesus
Before Sanhedrin: A Blasphemous Sentencing
57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him
Thou hast suffered men to bruise Thee, That from pain I might be free
Falsely did thy foes accuse Thee – Thence I gain security;
Comfortless Thy soul did languish, Me to comfort in My anguish.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus unto Thee.
The Lenten Offering
A Lenten Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
The Benediction (Sung “Amen”)TLH 175 : When I Survey the Wondrous Cross