03/14/2021 Worship at Grace of God Lutheran Service of the Word, Page 38
Welcome! We are pleased that you have joined us for worship today.
Historically this Sunday was called ‘Laetare’ in the Latin language. Latin was the language of the church. ‘Laetare’ means ‘Rejoice’. So, this is Rejoice Sunday. We rejoice in the middle of Lent that God has so fully and so perfectly taken to heart our only real need as sinners and satisfied it in Christ.
Opening Hymn: #401
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; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
PSALM: 38; Page 81 (Sing the Psalm…!)
VERSE OF THE DAY: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Sermon Hymn: #391
SERMON: John 3:14-21 So, where are you going to land, Nicodemus? Are you going to love the darkness and avoid the Light? Will you love the darkness or will you let the Light shine on you? Will you listen to the Rabbi, Jesus, you came to see? His Words will be Light. Stand in the Light where there is no judgment, no condemnation for sin.
Prayer of the Church and the Lord’s Prayer:
Post Sermon/Communion Hymn: #460, 1-3
Closing Hymn: #460, 4-5
Thank you: Thank you, Judy, for accompanying worship today.
Pray for: Last Saturday you called Pastor Noah Bater to be your pastor. He is married to Melissa and they are blessed with three young children. He currently serves Prince of Peace Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, California, a church of nearly 100 members. Of the excellent men we considered everyone agreed unanimously on the first ballot that we should call Pastor Bater. He’s the kind of pastor that just loves to establish rapport with people for the sake of the Gospel. He knows and loves God’s Word and preaches and teaches in a compelling way. He has a unique gift in evangelism to make personal connections with people so he can bring them the Gospel. He’s the kind of strong leader people find easy to listen to and follow. He has a heart for reaching people with our Savior’s Gospel. Lord guide and encourage Pastor Bater in his own faith in you. Amen.
The Council and Voters also called Pastor Tim Bourman to serve as our vacancy pastor beginning March 15 when Pastor Jim Bourman, Hope and Elizabeth will begin their days serving the Lord in Minnesota. We met with Pastor Tim this past week to think through more details of the vacancy he will serve. Pastor Tim will lead us in worship IN-PERSON on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. Our worship life will also continue on Zoom and possibly on Facebook Live. Beginning this week watch your email inbox and our website for invitation and details for worship.
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