“The Stones Cry Out”
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Lenten Vespers 2014
Opening Choir Chorales (Director: Cathy Augustin)
(Accompanist: Audra Wiste)
The Opening TLH 159 : Go to Dark Gethsemane
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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
♫ 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 Sermon……………“The Stones Cry Out During Holy Week”
Showing God’s Judgment Upon Sin
Exodus 31:18 “When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”
Revealing Power Over Sin And Temptation
Matthew 4:3-4 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
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.’
In Memory of Jesus
1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
In Praise Of Savior Jesus
Luke 19:40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Providing A Secure Foundation Of Faith And Life
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
“The Stones Cry Out”
Song by Vocalists: “With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh”
The Pre-Communion Prayer And Consecration
The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper( TLH 163 : The Death of Jesus Christ, our Lord )
(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)
Song by Vocalists: “Take and Eat”
The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction
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.
Closing Hymn WS 721 : Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow
Silent Prayer and Announcements