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Wednesday, March 21
LENTEN VESPERS 2012 For Pre-Service Reading
March 21 – Psalm 130, Page 153 In Front Of Hymnal
March 21 – “Jesu, Joy Of My Desiring” (Ladies Choir)
Jesu, Joy of my desiring, Thou my One, my All, shalt be;
Drawn by Thee, my soul aspiring, soars to joys but known by Thee;
Thou art wisdom’s noblest treasure, Thou my Hope and purest Pleasure;
Jesu, Thou art my salvation, Fill my soul with joy and peace.
Teach me e’er this One thing Needful, Keep this One Thing in my mind;
With Thy Word to guide and feed me, Thy eternal joys to find,
O Thou Son of God most holy, Word made flesh to save the lowly;
Jesu, Joy of my desiring, Thou my One, my All shalt be.
Our Confession Of Sins Great Redeemer, strong to save, in this holy season we again see the depth of Your mercy and love for us. You were stricken, smitten and afflicted; You endured horrific abuse, agony, and death at the hands of men; You were forsaken by God, incurring the very pangs of hell. None of this You deserved, for You were holy and innocent. Yet in love You came for us – to bear the curse and punishment for our sins, to redeem a lost world. We are hushed and humbled in repentance for what our sins brought upon You. Yet our hearts are stirred by Your Gospel promise and hope. Forgive us and grant us Your peace. Humbly and happily we proclaim, “In the cross of Christ I glory!”
Sing TLH 390 : Drawn to the Cross :
Thou knowest all my griefs and fears, Thy grace abused, my misspent years. Yet now to Thee with contrite tears, Christ Crucified, I come. Wash me and take away each stain, Let nothing of my sin remain. For cleansing, though it be through pain, Christ Crucified, I come. Drawn to the Cross, which Thou hast blest With healing gifts for souls distrest, To find in Thee my life, my rest, Christ Crucified, I come.
The Absolution (Spoken By Pastor)
The Scripture Reading (Because of our Sunday sermon and Bible Class meditation on the Passion Story, it will not be read on Wednesday – with selected Scripture readings instead.)
March 21 – Isaiah 53 (God’s Suffering Servant – Sent For Us)
Our Lenten Profession Of Faith
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 183 : Jesus, Whelmed in Fears Unknown
Sermon………………………………………Matthew 27: 45-47
Pastor John Hein (Fridley)
“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
Our Lord’s Seven Words from the CrossTLH 174 : Throned upon the Awe-ful Tree
The Lenten Offering And Prayer
The BenedictionTLH 552 st 1,6, 8: Abide With Me