Today is the First Sunday in Lent a 40 day journey with Christ to the cross. Today we watch as Jesus faces the slick lies of the tempter. He does not face them on His own but in the strength and power of God’s Word and truth. He does this not to prove Himself, but for us, that we who live in Him by faith may also be made strong in the Word of the Lord before the devil’s wiles and lies.
Family Room & Children Activity Bags- We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit T. V. to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.
Holy Communion- The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives u His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused the LCMS ordinarily communes only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. Please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service if you have a question about this. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.
The Devil is Forever At It “The devil takes no holiday; he never rests. If beaten, he rises again. If he cannot enter in front, he steals in at the rear. If he cannot enter in the rear, he breaks through the roof or enters by tunneling under the threshold. He labors until he is in. He uses great cunning and many a plan. When one miscarries, he has another at hand and continues his attempts until he wins.” The Ultimate Aim of the Devil “The devil has no better strategy to conquer us than to draw us from the Word to the ‘spirit’ (of the age)… One should stay by the Word and not grant people the Spirit without the Word. What Luther Says # 1161 & 1162
First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020
Welcome and Hand of Friendship
Opening A Mighty Fortress Is Our God LSB 657 vs 1-2
Invocation, Confession and Forgiveness
P: We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,
C: In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
P: I acknowledged my sin to You, Psalm 32:5
C: and I did not cover my iniquity;
P: I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
C: and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
P: O almighty God, merciful Father:
C: I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being. Forgive me all my sins and grant me the power of Your Holy Spirit that I may amend my sinful life.
(Silence for meditation and reflection)
P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God LSB 657 vs 3-4
Prayer of the Day
All: Blessed Lord, You were willing to endure temptation and suffer death so that we could be forgiven and granted Your strength and courage. Keep us from submitting to the lies of the deceiver and help us to abide in Your truth, both now and in all the days to come; in Your holy name do we pray, whom with the Father and the Spirit, You are one God and one Lord, now and forever. Amen.
O T Lesson (Sin destroys our relationship to God, one another and Creation) Genesis 3:1–13
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
N T Lesson (The fruits of the fall and the grace through Jesus Christ) Romans 5:12–15
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
Gospel Lesson (Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness) Matthew 4:1–11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Message Song Speak, O Lord Words and Music by Getty and Townsend
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience, Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail— Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds; Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises, And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built And the earth is filled with Your glory.
CCLI # 11390779
The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)
Message Built On God’s Word
The devil strikes when
- We are the most ___________ –
- caught off ____________ ;
- Are not ________________ .
Both of which renders us ___________ against his attacks.
The Word of God provides
- __________ of God’s care and salvation for us.
- God’s presence for __________ protection and peace.
Creedal Belief – Questions (164-169) and Answers from Explanation to 2nd Article
P: How did we become lost and condemned?
C: The devil led Adam and Eve into rebellion by tempting them to doubt and to desire to become like God. We all have inherited their desire to sin and the resulting punishment.
P: Why did God send His Son to rescue us?
C: As our loving Creator, He had compassion on us.
P: How did Jesus rescue me from sin, the devil and death?
C: By His death on the cross, He paid the entire penalty of my sin and guilt; He endured and appeased the wrath of God toward all people thereby reconciling us to God; He put death to death by His own death and resurrection.
Offertory David Ellis and Eric and Karin Marrero 8:00 am
Vincentine Williams 10:30 am
Prayers of the Church
After each petition:
P: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayers.
The 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.
The Lord’s Supper
Preface page 160 in the hymnal
P: The Lord be with you.
C: ♪ And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: ♪ We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: ♪ It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
P: It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And ever more praising You and singing:
Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy page 161 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might: Heaven and earth are full of
Your glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who
comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)
Pax Domini—The Peace of the Lord page 163 in the hymnal
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: ♪ Amen.
Agnus Dei – Lamb of God page 163 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.
Distribution of Communion
Distribution Hymn Precious Lord, Take My Hand LSB 739
Post Communion Canticle page 164 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone what He has done. Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name. He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.
Post Communion Thanksgiving
All: Almighty and everlasting God, through Your Son You have promised us forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. Govern our hearts by Your Holy Spirit that in our daily need, and especially in all time of temptation, we seek Your help and, by a true and lively faith in Your Word, obtain all that You have promised, remembering all that our Savior accomplished for us that we not be alone or without the refuge of Your grace in time of test or trial; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and ✠ give you peace.
Sending Song How Wide the Love of Christ LSB 535
P: Go in peace, serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.