Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00 pm.
Bulletin art by John Minnich
Gathering Hymn: God, Whose Almighty Word
1. God whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard
and took their flight;
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And where the Gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light!
2. Christ who once came to bring,
On your redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the troubled mind,
Sight where illusions blind;
Oh, now to humankind
Let there be light!
3. Spirit of Truth and Love,
Lifegiving, holy Dove,
Speed forth your flight;
Move on the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
4. Holy and blessed Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might!
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth, far and wide,
Let there be light!
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God , and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
P: The word is near you,
C: on your lips and in your heart.
P: If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord,
C: and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
P: Faith comes from what is heard,
C: and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
Lyrics: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
Great and wonderful are your deeds, O God of the universe;
just and true are your ways, O Ruler of all the nations.
Who can fail to honor you, Lord, and sing the glory of your name?
Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
For you alone are the Holy One.  All nations will draw near and worship before you,
for your just and holy works have been revealed.
Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
First Lesson: Jeremiah 17:13-15
O hope of Israel! O Lord!
All who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you shall be recorded in the underworld,
for they have forsaken the fountain of living water, the Lord.
Jeremiah Prays for Vindication
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
See how they say to me,
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it come!”
Psalm: Psalm 31:1-8 
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have taken heed of my adversities,
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
Second Lesson: James 5:13-18 
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
Gospel Acclamation: Word of Life
Lyrics; Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of Life Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
Our hearts burn within us while you open to us your Scriptures.
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me, and rest;
Lay down, O weary one, lay down
Your head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
So weary, worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting place,
And He has made me glad
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water, thirsty one;
Stoop down, and drink, and live”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived
And now I live in Him
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, your morn shall rise
And all your day be bright”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my star, my sun;
And in that Light of life I’ll walk
Till trav’ling days are done.
Response to the Word:
P: In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
C; We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit
P: Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith:
C: I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
I believe in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
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 life everlasting. Amen.
P: Build yourself up on your most holy faith:
C; pray in the Holy Spirit
P: Keep yourselves in the love of God;
C: look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
P: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation;
C: Everything old has passed away;
    behold, everything has become new!
P: God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Lord’s Prayer
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior still our refuge
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Go forth into the world to serve god with gladness;

be of good courage;

hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;

help the afflicted;

honor all people;

love and serve god;

rejoicing in the power of the holy spirit.

thanks be to God.

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