Rejected By Men, One Becomes The Church’s Cornerstone

Rejected By Men, One Becomes The Church’s Cornerstone 1

The Sermon: Acts 4:9-12

9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

“The Stones Cry Out”: Rejected By Men, One Becomes The Church’s Cornerstone

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On my heart imprint thine image -- Jesus crucified for me

Lenten Vespers 2014

Opening Choir Chorales (Director: Cathy Augustin)

March 19 – “On My Heart Imprint Thine Image”

In Thy bitter wounds, most holy, Jesus Savior of mankind,
In Thy Cross, so cruel and lowly, May I balm and healing find;
Let me now Thy Passion see, Jesus, crucified for me,
O Thou son of God, most holy, Who to death wast offered lowly.

On my heart imprint Thine image, Blessèd Jesus, King of Grace,
That life’s riches, care and treasure Have no power Thee to efface.
This the superscription be: Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my Life, my sure Foundation, And my Glory and Salvation.

Let me never, Lord, forsake Thee, O Thou Shepherd of the sheep,
Lead me ever, Lord, beside Thee, From all woe and danger keep;
Teach me that I never may From thy fold or pasture stray,
To Thy Holy Word e’er heeding, Follow where Thy steps are leading.

The Opening TLH 149 : Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain Hymnary.org link

The Invocation

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 Our Lenten Expression Of Repentance & Faith (Isaiah 59 & 53)

Our iniquities have separated us from our God, and our sins have hidden His face from us. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us and grant us Your peace.

The Absolution (God’s Assurance Of Forgiveness)

TLH 652 : I Lay My Sins on Jesus Hymnary.org link

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 stains
White in His blood most precious Till not a spot remains. 

A 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 holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. All this He did that I should be His own and live under Him in his kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. Just as He is risen from death, lives and rules to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

The Pre-Sermon Hymn TLH 460 : Behold the Sure Foundation Stone Hymnary.org link

The Sermon: Acts 4:9-12

9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

“The Stones Cry Out”: Rejected By Men, One Becomes The Church’s Cornerstone

Acts 4:11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

Our Response WS 724 : Jesus, Remember Me Hymnary.org link

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.

Benediction ♫ Amen

Closing Hymn TLH 370 : My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements