Bulletin and Order of Worship March 22, 2020

Order of Worship – March 22, 2020

Confession and Forgiveness

L: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ? one God, who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist.

C: Amen.

L: If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness, and so we confess.


L: Gracious God,

C: have mercy on us.  We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly.  We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people.  Turn us back to you, O God. Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever.  Amen.


L: Receive good news: God turns to you in love.  “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God.  All your sin is forgiven in the name of ? Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you.

C: Amen. 


Gathering Hymn – “We Are Called”, #720

1 Come! Live in the light!  Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom,

to live in the freedom of the city of God.

  Refrain: We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly;

        we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

2 Come! Open your heart!  Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless

so hatred and blindness will be no more.  Refrain




L: 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.   



L:  In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

R: (Response) Lord, have mercy.

L:  For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.  R

L: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God, and for

the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.  R

L:  For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray

to the Lord.  R

L:  Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C: Amen.


Prayer of the Day 

L:  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 hearts, and anoint us with

your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now

and forever.

C: Amen.


First Reading – 1 Samuel 16:1-13 

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”

11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

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


Psalm 23  

1The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
??and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
??for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
??and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 


Second Reading –  Romans 5:8-14

8Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says, “Sleeper, awake!  Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

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


Scripture Acclamation 

  Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and abounding in steadfast love.


Gospel Reading – John 9:1-41

1As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The 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?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He 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.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

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


Message – Pastor Joshua Graber


Response – “I Love to Tell the Story”, #661 (Stand for last verse)

1 I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story, because I know it’s true;

it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.

Refrain:  I love to tell the story; ’twill be my theme in glory

          to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

2 I love to tell the story: how pleasant to repeat

what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet!

I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

the message of salvation from God’s own holy word.  Refrain


Affirmation of Faith

C:  I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.     


  I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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.  


Prayers of Intercession 

L:  Hear us, O God   C:    Your mercy is great


Lord’s Prayer     

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.    



L: Now is the acceptable time.  Now is the day of salvation. Holy God, speaking, spoken, and inspiring, ? bless you, unbind you, and send you in love and in peace.

C: Amen.


Sending Hymn – “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”, #789

1 Savior, like a shepherd lead us; much we need your tender care.

In your pleasant pastures feed us, for our use your fold prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us; we are yours.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us; we are yours.


2 We are yours; in love befriend us, be the guardian of our way;

keep your flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear us children when we pray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear us children when we pray.




L: Go in peace.  Let your light shine.

C: Thanks be to God.



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