The Life-Blooming Desert

The Life-Blooming Desert

Sermon: Isaiah 51:3

“For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it; Thanksgiving and the voice  of melody.”

The Life-Blooming Desert

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Isaiah 51:3 "For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it; Thanksgiving and the voice of melody."

Wednesday, March 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 65

Just as our mighty Creator has provided for the sustenance of His creatures by watering the earth so that it might bring forth abundantly, so in His mercy and goodness He waters the parched land of our hearts and world with the life-giving Word and Gospel of salvation – and we are satisfied.

Opening Choir Chorales – “O Lord I Cry to Thee”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; 
Accompanist: Audra Wiste)

Based on Psalms 141, 25 and 26 Attributed to: Arcadelt

O Lord, I cry to Thee, make haste unto me. Give ear unto my voice when I cry unto Thee. Let me not be ashamed. Let not my foes triumph over me. Oh, lead me in a plain path. Cast me not off, neither forsake me. Teach me Thy way, Lord, lead me, lead me in a plain path. Hide not Thy face, hide not Thy face far from me.  Lord, God, Lord God, in Thee have I trusted. Amen

The Opening Hymn  LSB 452 : O Perfect Life of Love 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)

The Jewish Trial

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 433 : Glory Be to Jesus Hymnary.org link

Sermon: Isaiah 51:3

“For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it; Thanksgiving and the voice  of melody.”

The Life-Blooming Desert

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 880 v 1, 4-5: Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements