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March 2021

April 1, 2021 ~ Maundy Thursday

"Hands of the Passion" Sermon Themes Ash Wednesday – Hands of Repentance (Tax Collector) Feb. 24 – Hands of Betrayal (Judas) Mar. 3 – Hands of Misguided Zeal (Peter) Mar. 10 – Hands of Hypocrisy (Caiaphas) Mar. 17 – Hands of Brutality (Soldiers) Mar. 24 – Hands of Self-Preservation (Pilate) Palm Sunday – Hands of Praise (Disciples and Crowds) Maundy Thursday – Hands of Humility (Jesus) Good Friday –...

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March 28, 2021 ~ Palm Sunday

Today’s Worship Focus Focus on Christ. The season of Lent began with almost equal focus on the sinner and the Savior. A shift of focus happens on Palm Sunday. The focus in now on Christ. The readings for today lead us to understand who it really is who has come to save us. With confidence, we focus on Christ from Palm Sunday to Easter and from earth to heaven! A note for the Opening Hymn "Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went...

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March 24, 2021 ~ Midweek Lent 6

"Hands of the Passion" Sermon Themes   Ash Wednesday – Hands of Repentance (Tax Collector) Feb. 24 – Hands of Betrayal (Judas) Mar. 3 – Hands of Misguided Zeal (Peter) Mar. 10 – Hands of Hypocrisy (Caiaphas) Mar. 17 – Hands of Brutality (Soldiers) Mar. 24 – Hands of Self-Preservation (Pilate) Palm Sunday – Hands of Praise (Disciples and Crowds) Maundy Thursday – Hands of Humility (Jesus) Good...

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March 21, 2021 ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: One of the traditional Latin titles for this Sunday in Lent is “Judica.” It means “give judgment.” This Sunday we’re reminded that God gives judgment. He judges Christ, the devil, and the world. Christ is condemned for us on the cross so that the devil may be condemned forever. The result? Through faith in Jesus we’ve been loosed from the hold that the devil had on us! God graciously judges us! OPENING HYMN ~ 399 To God...

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March 17, 2021 ~ Midweek Lent 5

Tonight’s Worship Focus The Word of God tonight shows that some enemies have no legitimate cause for being enemies. The enemies of Jesus led Pilate to hand him over to be crucified, but Jesus had done nothing wrong. In our sermon tonight we’ll hear that the soldiers allowed their hands of brutality to beat Jesus before he was crucified, but he had done nothing wrong. Jesus endured it all for us though. His suffering and death are special because through faith in him we’ve...

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March 14, 2021 ~ Fourth Sunday in Lent

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: Traditionally this Sunday was called Laetare, which is Latin for “Rejoice.” We rejoice in the middle of Lent. For God has so fully and so perfectly taken to heart our only real need as sinners and satisfied it in Christ. OPENING HYMN ~ 392 Not unto Us PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty God, we confess that we deserve to be punished for our evil deeds. But we ask you graciously to cleanse us from all sin and to comfort us with your salvation;...

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March 10, 2021 ~ Midweek Lent 4

Tonight’s Worship Focus Chief priests and the Jewish ruling council (the Sanhedrin) plotted against Jesus. They looked for evidence so that they could put him to death. Eventually, the High Priest Caiaphas got directly involved by asking his own questions of Jesus. A closer look at Caiaphas and a closer look at us reveal that there are hands of hypocrisy involved. Yet, we hear in Psalm 2 this evening that even though people take their stand against Jesus, Jesus is still the King on...

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March 7, 2021 ~ Third Sunday in Lent

OPENING HYMN ~ 226 To Your Temple I Draw Near PRAYER OF THE DAY  Almighty God, look with favor on your humble servants and stretch out the right hand of your power to defend us against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. FIRST LESSON ~ Exodus 20:1-17 PSALM OF THE DAY ~ Psalm 19 SECOND LESSON ~ 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 GOSPEL ~ John...

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March 3, 2021 ~ Midweek Lent 3

Tonight’s Worship Focus Tonight’s Psalm reminds us to look to the Lord as our stronghold in time of trouble. The Passion History shows that Jesus’ disciple Peter wasn’t so strong. He said he would never disown Jesus, we know he eventually would. Then he couldn’t even keep watch with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane for one hour. Finally, tonight we’ll hear that Peter zealously took things into his own hands when Jesus was arrested, though it was a...

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