Worship Sunday March 22nd


WELCOME to WORSHIP at LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH

Service of Word and Prayer 

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020

 

Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved children. In baptism God anoints our head with oil and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.

 

(following the announcements, you can proceed to the Greeting below)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

GREETING

Blessed is the one who came in the name of God, who runs to meet us even when we are still far away, who gathers her children as a hen gathers her brood, who fills our hearts with treasure that lasts.

The word is near you,

on your lips and in your heart.

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord,

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Faith comes from what is heard,

and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

(Romans 10)

 

Let us pray together:

Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us.  By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our disease filled world, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

GOSPEL:

The Holy Gospel according to John, the ninth chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

SERMON

 

 

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD:

In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 1:13-14)

 

 

Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again 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. Amen

  

OFFERING, SERVING, CARING

In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” We hear that giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people. We honor our neighbor, our community, our God, and we make that respect real by sharing and serving. This week we specifically ask that you watch over your neighbor. Support local feeding ministries with your gifts of food, and cleaning supplies and share financial support with the church by mailing your gift to the church or by sharing through electronic option found on our website. With these gifts we offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.

 

THE PRAYERS

Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need by saying: Your mercy is great.

God of insight, in your compassion forgive us our sins,known and unknown, things done and left undone.Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, open the hearts of the church and the world to all who testify to your deeds of power. Raise up voices in your church that are often silenced or overlooked due to age, gender expression, race, or economic status. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, empower us to care for the land and all living things that dwell in it and beneath it. Provide rich soil for crops to grow. Bring rain to lands suffering drought. Protect hills and shorelines from damage caused by erosion. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, bring peace to all people and nations. Anoint leaders who seek the health and well-being of all. Frustrate the illness and anxieties caused by the corona pandemic.  Give us strength, patience, and courage to endure the challenges ahead.  Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, you care for our needs even before we ask. Come quickly to all who seek prayer this day (especially). Accomplish healing through the work of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, and all who tend to human bodies. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, help this congregation to explore and remain in community in new ways. Lift up the unique gifts of each person who counts themselves as part of this community of faith no matter their physical capacity, cognitive ability, or sensory need. Help us to be creative and brave in making our hope in the Gospel and the work of our hands accessible to all. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of insight, you call out to those who are asleep and awaken them to new life with you. We give thanks for your saints and we pray for all who face illness and death this day. Join us together with them as your children in this world and the next. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you, through Christ our Lord.

 

LORD’S PRAYER

Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING

May the God fill you with every spiritual blessing.

Amen

May the God of faithfulness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Jesus.

Amen

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

(Romans 15)

 

DISMISSAL

Be at peace. Be whole and well.  Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

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