Sunday, March 7, 2021
Third Sunday in Lent
You can enter the virtual building after 8:45am. The service begins at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom followed by the fellowship/education hour at 10:00 a.m. You may need the following information to participate:
Meeting ID: 840 4272 5557
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Please note that the liturgy will be recorded so the reading(s) and sermon can be incorporated into the Emmaus Evening Prayer Service available on YouTube at 5:00 p.m. Peace be with you and with all who dwell in your house!
This week’s Prints of Peace announcements are on www.peacelutheranlz.com
For Families with Children Today: Get ready for worship by opening
Children’s Bulletins attached to this email.
Join the LIVE “Virtual Coffee Hour” today after the service to connect with each other in conversation and checking in! Come and go, stay as long as you like.
Violet Handley will play the prelude
PRELUDE “Melody” by Albert Biehl
Deacon Tracy Katschke welcomes the church to worship.
WELCOME AND INTRO TO THE DAY
Ben Dahlke will lead the assembly in our gathering song.
GATHERING SONG Canticle of the Turning (all verses)
1 My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,
and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant's plight, and my weakness you did not spurn,
so from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.
2 Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me,
and your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn,
you will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn. Refrain
3 From the halls of pow'r to the fortress tow'r, not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears ev'ry tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn;
there are tables spread, ev'ry mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn. Refrain
4 Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast:
God's mercy must deliver us from the conqueror's crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound,
till the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around. Refrain
Jocelyn Dice (9th grade) and the congregation greet each other.
The 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.
Our psalm this morning is read by Evan Mrazek (10th grade).
1The 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.
Braxton Dahlke (5th grade) leads the children’s word.
The gospel is read by Kayla Zicco (7th grade)
GOSPEL: John 2:13-22
The 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 people selling 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 the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Deacon Tracy Katschke proclaims God’s Word for you in the sermon.
Grace Trumbull and Kayla Zicco will lead the assembly in our Hymn of the Day.
HYMN OF THE DAY “Be Thou My Vision” (verses 1,2,4)
1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art:
thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my soul's shelter, and thou my high tow'r, raise thou me heav'nward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.
4 Light of my soul, after victory won, may I reach heaven's joys, O heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Bradley Dice (12th grade) leads the assembly in prayer.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.
A brief silence.
There is no God before you. Purify the faith of your church, that your people place their trust in nothing beside you. Your name is holy. Guide your church, that in every situation your people’s words and actions honor your name. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
The heavens declare your glory. Renew your creation. Provide leaders in the struggle for clean air and water; protect creatures and crops that rely on healthy ecosystems; give all people the willingness to repent when our way of life pollutes the earth and skies. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Your foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Fill leaders with the foolishness of your peace and mercy. Your law defends the vulnerable. Work through legislators, judicial systems, and systems of law enforcement to protect the wellbeing and freedom of all. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Your weakness is stronger than human strength. Protect those who are vulnerable and give courage to all who are suffering. Defend victims of crime and bring redemption to those who have harmed others. Give sabbath rest to all who labor. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
You call us to proclaim Christ crucified. Give clarity to this congregation and our leaders, so that we might follow Christ beyond our own habits and comfort. Clear out anything in our common life that would obscure the gospel or that serves our own interests. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
You answer all who call on your name. Respond with mercy for Mike, Sherri, Kim, Kyle, Jan, Laurie, Jeff, Chris, Don, Brian, Maria, Jean, Patrick, Sara, Katherine, and Susan when they call to you.
Have mercy, O God.
We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grace Trumbull (11th grade) greets the assembly and invites all present to give thanks.
THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD
Let us pray.
O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.
Kai Madsen (8th grade) leads the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer.
Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.
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.
Deacon Tracy Katschke
You are what God made you to be: created in Christ Jesus for good works,
chosen as holy and beloved, freed to serve your neighbor.
God bless you ☩ that you may be a blessing,
in the name of the holy and life-giving Trinity. Amen.
Ben Dahlke will sing our Sending Song
SENDING SONG “Setting Two Now Lord”
Celia Blaylock (6th grade) dismisses the assembly
DISMISSAL AND PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
Let us go forth sharing a sign of Christ's peace.
GIVING YOUR OFFERING
We thank God for all that we have and all that we are as we make our offering. You can give your offering in many different ways: Mailing our check to church / Using our own bank website “send-payment” feature / Going to www.peacelutheranlz.com and clicking on “make a donation” / or, downloading and using the app: https://giveplushelp.vancopayments.com/.
So much gratitude for everyone who has contributed to worship today. The young and old, readers, musicians, and the technical help are all making this possible. Find all of this week’s announcements in the Prints of Peace on the PLC website. Allison Hearst, Office Admin: firstname.lastname@example.org / Deacon Tracy Katschke: email@example.com / Pastor Daniel Morris: firstname.lastname@example.org
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