The Fifth Sunday in Lent - March 29, 2020

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Fifth Sunday In Lent

March 29, 2020



As We Gather  We welcome our guests and visitors.

The Welcome – Pastor Aaron Zuch

P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.



Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly; from the deceitful and unjust deliver me, for you are the God in whom I take refuge.

"Cast away from you all the sins you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone," says the Lord of hosts, "so turn to me and live."

The Lord is merciful and good; our God is compassionate. The Lord protects the helpless; he listens to our prayers. The Lord delivers our soul from death, our eyes from tears, our feet from stumbling.

Almighty God, look favorably upon your family. Rule our bodies lest we be enticed to love the world; and guard our spirits lest we reject your love. Through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord; he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


The Greeting

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.


Confession And Absolution

P: Not all that we experience with our senses brings joy and delight.

C: We see and hear and smell much that brings sorrow, disgust and regret.

P: Indeed, we see violence, we hear angry shouts, we smell decay and death—and we encounter all this not only in the world, but in our own lives. So we pause, and we confess the reality of the failure and brokenness that invades our lives.

C: Lord, you gave us a beautiful world, but it is so often filled with what is ugly and repulsive. I am so often filled with what is ugly and repulsive. You bless freely, and I am reluctant to share. You shower gifts without measure, and I am grudging in my gratitude. You are wildly liberal in your generosity, and I am miserly and selfish in my response. I fall so short of what I should be. What I see, hear and smell brings grief and shame.

P: God sees your reality and hears your confession. And because Jesus has given everything for you, God forgives your failure and removes your shame. He makes you whole again. He makes you fresh and new and able to do what he gives you to do. Delight in the rich reality of God’s grace.

C: Amen.

The First Lesson: Proverbs 24:10-16

If you faint in the day of adversity,
   your strength being small;
if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death,
   those who go staggering to the slaughter;
if you say, ‘Look, we did not know this’—
   does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?
   And will he not repay all according to their deeds?

My child, eat honey, for it is good,
   and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
   if you find it, you will find a future,
   and your hope will not be cut off.

Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against the home of the righteous;
   do no violence to the place where the righteous live;
for though they fall seven times, they will rise again;
   but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

L: This is the word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.


A Little LitanySentenced To Live

L: As humans, we are all sentenced to die.

C: Our sins sealed our fate.

L: Our human frames will one day weaken and decay.

C: Our sins have destined us for destruction.

L: But Christ sees us in our distress and destines us for something completely different.

C: He breathes life back into our bodies and frees us from our sins.

L: Christ sees our helpless condition and seals a new fate for us.

C: He releases us from the clutches of death and calls us from our tombs of darkness.

L: Christ secures our future for us by making us alive, together with him,

C: erasing the record that stood against us, nailing it to the cross.

L: Our sentence of death becomes his sentence of death.

C: And his death paves the way for living in glory with him.

The Second Lesson: Acts 2:22-28

‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,
   for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
   moreover, my flesh will live in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
   or let your Holy One experience corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
   you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

L: This is the Word of the Lord.    

          C: Thanks be to God.


The Verse ( Sung - Tune LBW #109)

To the Lord, your God, return;

Seek his grace sent from above.

Of his wondrous mercy learn

Who abounds in steadfast love.

For with faithful steadfastness

Patiently God waits to bless.


P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 7th chapter.

          C: Glory to you, O Lord.      

The Holy Gospel: John 7:37-52

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As* the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart* shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit,* because Jesus was not yet glorified.

40When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ 41Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does he? 42Has not the scripture said that the Messiah* is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ 43So there was a division in the crowd because of him. 44Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ 46The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ 47Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? 48Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.’ 50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus* before, and who was one of them, asked, 51‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’ 52They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’

L: This is the gospel of the Lord.

          C: Praise to you, O Christ.


The Hymn Of The Day   “I Come, O Lord” (Tune LBW #117)


I come, O Lord, before you, Encumbered by my sin.

Have mercy, I implore you; Oh, make me pure within!

With open arms enfold me, According to your Word.

In mercy, Lord, behold me: Oh, vindicate me, Lord!


Lord, grant me consolation, Your grace to me afford.

Through Jesus' holy Passion, Oh, vindicate me, Lord!

I come in faith before you, Firm trusting in your Word.

Have mercy, I implore you: Oh, vindicate me, Lord!


What language shall I fashion, To thank you, God Most High,

For Christ, whose holy Passion, Now brings your mercy nigh?

Great blessings, Lord, you give me, An undeserved reward.

With tender love receive me: Oh, vindicate me, Lord!


O gracious God, be near me, With Christ my Savior's love;

Let your blest Spirit cheer me, With blessings from above.

Beside still waters feed me, With your sustaining Word;

To heav'nly pastures lead me: Oh, vindicate me, Lord!


Sermon “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”         



Nicene Creed

C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through Him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man.  For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried.  On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.


The Prayers


The Lord’s Prayer

P: Lord, remember us in Your Kingdom and teach us how to pray:

C: 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.


The Benediction (Tune LBW #117)

P: The good Lord bless and keep you,

Lift up his shining face,

With favor look upon you,

And grant eternal peace.

C: From Father, Son, and Spirit,

I, trusting God's good Word,

Eternal life inherit:

I call upon the Lord!

The Closing Hymn “Glory Be to Jesus” (LBW #95)


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