The Third Sunday in LentSaturday, March 6, 2021 5pmThe third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law tothose God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freedus from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesusthrows the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the wayscommerce and profit-making can become our gods. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismalcall: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and theworld.GATHERINGWELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTSCONFESSION AND FORGIVENESSBlessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the keeper of the covenant, the source of steadfast love, our rock andour redeemer.Amen.God hears us when we cry, and draws us close in Jesus Christ. Let us return to the one who is full ofcompassion.Silence is kept for reflection.Fountain of living water,pour out your mercy over us. Our sin is heavy, and we long to be free. Rebuild what we have ruined andmend what we have torn. Wash us in your cleansing flood. Make us alive in the Spirit to follow in theway of Jesus, as healers and restorers of the world you so love. Amen.Beloved, God’s word never fails. The promise rests on grace: by the saving love of Jesus Christ, the wisdomand power of God, your sins are forgiven, and God remembers them no more. Journey in the way of Jesus.Amen.
GATHERING HYMN“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”GREETINGThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.And also with you.PRAYER OF THE DAYLet us pray.Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfastin your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Saviorand Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.FIRST READING: Exodus 20:1-17A reading from Exodus.1God spoke all these words:2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3youshall have no other gods before me.4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or thatis on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worshipthem; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the thirdand the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generationof those who love me and keep my commandments.7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquitanyone who misuses his name.8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But theseventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your
daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six daysthe Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore theLord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your Godis giving you.13You shall not murder.14You shall not commit adultery.15You shall not steal.16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male orfemale slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.The word of the Lord.Thanks be to God.PSALM: Psalm 191The heavens declare the glory of God,and the sky proclaims its maker’s handiwork.2One day tells its tale to another,and one night imparts knowledge to another.3Although they have no words or language,and their voices are not heard,4their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world,where God has pitched a tent for the sun.5It comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;it rejoices like a champion to run its course.6It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again;nothing is hidden from its burning heat.7The teaching of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.8The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.9The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever;the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.11By them also is your servant enlightened,and in keeping them there is great reward.12Who can detect one’s own offenses?Cleanse me from my secret faults.13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25A reading from First Corinthians.18The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it isthe power of God. 19For it is written,“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God madefoolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God throughwisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jewsdemand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews andfoolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness isstronger than human strength.The word of the Lord.Thanks be to God.GOSPEL: John 2:13-22The holy gospel according to John.Glory to you, O Lord.13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found peopleselling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords,he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of themoney changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take thesethings out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it waswritten, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show usfor doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20TheJews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up inthree days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, hisdisciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus hadspoken.The gospel of the Lord.Praise to you, O Christ.SERMONHYMN OF THE DAY“Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways”CREEDI believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,he is seated at the right hand of the Father,and he will come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic church,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. AmenPRAYERS OF THE CHURCHSHARING OF THE PEACEHYMN OF PREPARATION“Come To the Table”Used with permission of CCLI 1478659OFFERINGWe give thanks to God for the gifts that God provides, and for the gifts that you share with the church.Offerings may be dropped off at church or sent through the mail, through automatic withdraw, or through theTithe.ly app on our website.OFFERTORY PRAYERFaithful God, you walk beside us in desert places, and you meet us in our hunger with bread fromheaven. Accompany us in this meal, that we may pass over from death to life with Jesus Christ, ourSavior and Lord. Amen.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVINGThe Lord be with you.And also with you.Lift up your hearts.We lift them to the Lord.Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.It is right to give our thanks and praise.It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise toyou, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. You call your people to cleanse their heartsand prepare with joy for the paschal feast, that, renewed in the gift of baptism, we may come to the fullness ofyour grace. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praiseyour holy name.PRAYER OF THANKSGIVINGHoly God, our living Water and our merciful Guide, together with rivers and seas, wells and springs, we blessand magnify you.You led your people Israel through the desert, and provided them water from the rock.We praise you for Christ, our Rock and our Water, who joined us in our desert. pouring out his life for theworld.In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to hisdisciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the newcovenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembranceof me.Remembering, therefore, his life, death and resurrection, we await your salvation for all this thirsty world.Pour out your Spirit on this holy food and on all the baptized gathered for this feast: wash away our sin, thatwe may be revived for our journey by the love of Christ.Through him all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church, bothnow and forever.Amen.THE LORD’S PRAYEROur Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as inheaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Saveus from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,now and forever. Amen.INVITATION TO COMMUNIONJesus draws the whole world to himself. Come to this meal and be fed.DISTRIBUTION OF THE ELEMENTSBelieving in the real presence of Christ, we invite all present to participate in the Sacrament of HolyCommunion. All who are baptized and believe that Jesus Christ is present in the gifts of bread and wine arewelcome at the Lord’s table. You may use your own bread and wine or juice for communion. Those who do notwish to receive communion and children who are not yet receiving communion will receive a blessing.POST-COMMUNION BLESSINGThe body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep us in his grace.Amen.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNIONGod of steadfast love, at this table you gather your people into one body for the sake of the world. Send us inthe power of your Spirit, that our lives bear witness to the love that has made us new in Jesus Christ, ourSavior and Lord.Amen.BLESSINGYou are what God made you to be: created in Christ Jesus for good works, chosen as holy and beloved, freedto serve your neighbor. God bless you that you may be a blessing, in the name of the holy and life-givingTrinity.Amen.SENDING HYMN“Lift High the Cross”Used with permission of OneLicense.net A-731185DISMISSALGo in peace. Share the good news.Thanks be to God.
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