The Fearless Valley

The Fearless Valley

The Sermon: Psalm 23:4

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For You are with me, your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

The Fearless Valley

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Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For You are with me, your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."

Wednesday, February 25 – 6:30 p.m.

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 116

Our prayers for deliverance will be heard and answered by our merciful Lord – deliverance of our souls from death, our eyes from tears and our feet from stumbling all so that we might “walk before the Lord in the land of the living” – here on earth and forever after in heaven.

Opening Choir Chorales – “Ah, Holy Jesus”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller)

Text: TLH 300 : Dearest Jesus, We are Here Hymnary.org link Heermann/Bridges ; Arr.: Jennings © 1967

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended, That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended? By foes derided, by Thine own rejected, O most afflicted!

4 For me, kind Jesus, was Thine incarnation, Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation; Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion, For my salvation.

5 Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay Thee, I do adore Thee, and will ever pray Thee: Think on Thy pity and Thy love unswerving, Not my deserving.

The Opening Hymn  LSB 543 : What Wondrous Love Is This 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

C: Lord Jesus, as we again hear and meditate upon the Passion Story, we see ourselves in Your disciples. Beset by trials and temptations, fears and failures – we also are slow to understand, prone to doubt, even in various ways denying and betraying You. Yet, Your covenant of love and mercy has not failed us. The Lord laid upon You the iniquity of us all. Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross did suffer, all sins You bore for us, else had despair reigned over us. Have mercy on us. O Jesus.

The Absolution

P: Lent brings us the assurance from heaven that “God has seen the suffering of His Son and is satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2).

Sung Response (Hymn LSB 435 V 1 & 4: Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain Hymnary.org link )

♫  Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, Sinners ruined by the fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain  Flows for you, for me, for all,
In a full, perpetual tide,  Opened when our Savior died.

They that drink shall live forever,  ‘Tis a soul renewing flood.
God is faithful, God will never  break his covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,  Sealed when He was glorified.

A Reading of the Passion Story (According To The Four Evangelists)

Gethsemane

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  LSB 451 : Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ……………….… Psalm 23:4

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For You are with me, your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

The Fearless Valley

Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

Our Sung Response (Hymn LSB 440 V 1: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now Hymnary.org link )

♫ Jesus, I will ponder now   On Your holy Passion;
With Your Spirit me endow  For such meditation.

Grant that I in love and faith  May the image cherish
Of Your suff’ring, pain, and death  That I may not perish.

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  LSB 428 : Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements