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Blessed are YOU Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019
PRE-SERVICE MUSIC ANNOUNCEMENTS RINGING OF BELLS PRELUDE AND MEDITATION
sett’g: Raymond H. Haan
The sanctuary is a place of meditation and preparation for worship. Therefore, as the prelude begins, we cease our conversations and quiet our hearts to converse silently with God.
OPENING HYMN “Lord Jesus, Think on Me" (tune: LSB 610) Lord Jesus, think on me and purge away my sin; From worldly passions set me free and make me pure within. Lord Jesus, think on me, by anxious thoughts oppressed; Let me your loving servant be and taste your promised rest. Lord Jesus, think on me amid the battle’s strife; In all my pain and misery, O be my health and life! Lord Jesus, think on me nor let me go astray; Through darkness and perplexity point out your chosen way.
INVOCATION P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen. 1
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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
“Lord Jesus, Think on Me"
(tune: LSB 610)
Lord Jesus, think on me that, when this life is past, I may the eternal brightness see and share your joy at last.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION P: We are dust, and to dust we shall return. But our God is faithful and just. When we confess our sins, he covers us in his righteousness and gives us new hope. C: Most merciful God, dust is our destiny. We are impure. We are at war against you and our fellow human beings in what we say, in what we think, and in what we do. We have even left undone the good things you have commanded us to do. We do not deserve the kingdom of heaven. Out of the depths of your perfect grace, please forgive us for the sins we have committed against you and against one another. Wash us clean and turn our rags into white robes so that we will rise from the dust of ashes to the glory of your grace. 2
Our merciful heavenly Father sent his Son Jesus, who is righteous, merciful and pure in heart. He is the one who has, by his cross, made peace between evil sinners and a righteous God. Jesus Christ rose from the dust of death to life again so that we are made to live before God in righteousness and purity. It is by his grace that I announce to you the forgiveness of all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
HYMN OF RESPONSE "Today Your Mercy Calls Us" (tune: LSB 644) Today your gate is open, and all who enter in Shall find a Father’s welcome and pardon for their sin. The past shall be forgotten, a present joy be giv’n, A future grace be promised, a glorious crown in heav’n. O all-embracing Mercy, O ever-open Door, What should we do without you when heart and eye run o’er? When all things seem against us, to drive us to despair, We know one gate is open, one ear will hear our prayer.
CALL TO LENT P: Brothers and sisters in Christ: today we begin a journey traveled by our forbearers in the Christian faith and by the Church throughout the world, the journey of Lent. Our journey includes repentance on this Ash Wednesday, as we confess our sins and turn to our Lord Jesus Christ for amendment of our sinful lives. Our journey invites us to participate in practices that reflect the self-giving sacrifice of our Lord Jesus: fasting, prayer, and generosity. Our journey leads us toward Holy Week and the re-telling of the central story of our faith—the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lenten journey is daily dying to sin and being raised to live anew as God's forgiven people, chosen to bless the world. I invite you to embark on this journey, trusting that our Father will guide us, preserve us, and renew us. IMPOSITION OF ASHES
“Jesus Paid It All”
6:30 SPECIAL MUSIC “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
Hope Ringers Jubilation Singers
SERVICE OF THE WORD
OLD TESTAMENT READING
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.”
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
1 Peter 2:1-10
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of 4
offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship.
GOSPEL Matthew 5:1-11 P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter. C: (Spoken) Glory to You, O Lord. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
This is the Gospel of our Lord. (Spoken) Praise to You, O Christ. 5
HYMN OF THE DAY “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (tune: LSB 528) Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! Jesus! The name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health and peace. He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin; he sets the pris’ner free. His blood can make the foulest clean; his blood avails for me. See all your sins on Jesus laid; the Lamb of God was slain. His soul was once an off’ring made for ev’ry soul of man. To God all glory, praise and love be now and ever giv’n By saints below and saints above, the Church in earth and heav’n.
“Blessed are YOU”
Rev. Dean Pfeffer, Hope Lutheran Church
OFFERING PRAYER Lord, help me to grasp that all the blessings I think I have are really Yours. Help me to grasp that all the blessings our church has does not belong to the church, but to You. Give us healthy giving hearts to use these blessings according to Your purpose. In Your name I pray. Amen. CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
As the offerings are received, please sign the register in the pews, whether you are a member of Hope Lutheran or a visitor. The person at the end of the pew should start and then pass it along. Thank you for making worship with us a priority this Lord’s Day.
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Our tithes are our regular, top priority, proportionate, grateful gifts to the Lord for the work of the gospel. Our offerings are our special gifts for special causes over and above our tithes.
Charles G. Glaser
THE PRAYERS P: Lord Jesus, we thank you for opening your mouth and teaching us. You have called us “blessed” and so we are. Because of your perfect life, your crucifixion on the cross and your resurrection from the dead, we are blessed beyond all people. Lord, because of your mercy, C: Blessed are we. P: Lord Jesus, as your people you have called us to open our eyes to those who are poor, those who mourn, those who are meek, and those who hunger and thirst. Make us merciful so that we not only see but also help those who are in need of help. Make us your hands and feet for service in this world. Lord, because of your mercy, C: Blessed are we. P: Lord Jesus, you have taught us to be peacemakers. Use us to properly influence our government to rule according to your will and in the wisdom only you can provide. Make every leader around the world compassionate and peace-loving. Lord, because of your mercy, C: Blessed are we. P: Lord Jesus, you bless your people with the miracle of health and healing. Surround all those who are ill with your presence and your love. Give them the blessing of people who are wise, willing and ready to serve them in the best possible way for restoration of body and soul. Lord, because of your mercy, 7
Blessed are we. Lord Jesus, we thank you for all those who were persecuted for righteousness’ sake and have given their lives for the sake of the Gospel. We also thank you for those near and dear to us who influenced us in the faith and now live and walk with you. Their reward in heaven is great due to the boundless depths of your grace. Lord, because of your mercy, Blessed are we. Into your hands, Lord Jesus, we place all of our needs knowing that you are the only one who can bless us in measure beyond our wildest expectation. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER LSB 196 P: 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.
HOLY COMMUNION WORDS OF INSTITUTION We listen again to the very words spoken by Jesus Christ in the upper room, “take and eat, this is my body… take and drink, this is my blood”. We prepare to receive what Jesus has promised to share with us, His very presence. As we eat this bread and drink this wine, Christ nourishes us, forgives us and strengthens us with His presence. 8
The Peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.
COMMUNION STATEMENT If you desire to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please remember that the Sacrament of Holy Communion is available to those who: 1Are baptized AND instructed in the Christian faith; 2Examine themselves in a manner appropriate to adult maturity and recognize their own need for forgiveness; 3Believe that the Crucified and Risen Lord is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine; 4Believe that in this sacrament God gives us forgiveness of sins and strengthening of faith; 5Accept their place of responsibility in the whole church on earth. If this is your sincere belief, then joyfully share this sacrament with us. If this is not your belief, please remain seated for a time of prayer on the many blessings God has given you. If you have any questions, please see a pastor or an elder. Please remember the words of St. Paul, “For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” (1 Cor. 11:29) For those with dietary restrictions, a light-colored grape juice is also served in the center of the tray, and gluten-free wafers are available upon request. 9
“Chief of Sinners Though I Be”
“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”
“Glory Be to Jesus”
LSB 433 LSB 199
BENEDICTION LSB 202 P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
C: P: C:
We are now entering the mission field! ‘Here am I! Send me!’
CLOSING HYMN “The Church’s One Foundation" (tune: LSB 644) The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; She is his new creation by water and the Word. From heav’n he came and sought her to be his holy bride; With his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died. Though with a scornful wonder the world sees her oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed, Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, “How long?” And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song. Through toil and tribulation and tumult of her war She waits the consummation of peace forevermore Till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest, And the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest. Yet she on earth has union with God, the Three in One, And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won. O blessèd heav’nly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace That we, like saints before us, may see you face to face.
LENT 2019 ASH WEDNESDAY—March 6: BLESSED ARE YOU, Matthew 5:1-11, Pastor Pfeffer Ash Wednesday reminds us that though we have been brought low by sin, our Lord will bless us with new life in Him through the cross. HOST: Youth & Youth Ministry Team | MENU: Chili (donated by Wendy’s of Lakeland) March 13: PRAYER & FASTING, Matthew 6:5-18, Pastor Ron Pennekamp, St. Paul, Lakeland We learn about God and ourselves by giving up those things that can distract us from our connection to Him. HOST: Missions & Outreach Ministry Team | MENU: Chicken & Rice Casserole March 20: DO NOT WORRY, Matthew 6:25-34, Pastor Charles Reich, Grace, Winter Haven Christ teaches us to stop being anxious, but simply to trust that He knows what is best and will take care of us to the very end. HOST: Board of Directors | MENU: Baked Ziti March 27: JUDGE NOT, Matthew 7:1-5, Vicar Matthew Bohlmann, Grace, Winter Haven When we leave all judgement up to God, we free ourselves to look at one another through fresh forgiving eyes. HOST: Music Ministry | MENU: TBA April 3: SALT & LIGHT, Matthew 5:13-16, Pastor Jonathan Horsman, Redeemer, Bartow We have tasted and seen His great love for us the cross can spend our Lent savoring His salvation and shining with His glory and grace in the place where He has put us. HOST: Christian Growth Ministry Team | MENU: Spaghetti & Meatballs April 10: BUILD ON THE ROCK, Matthew 7:24-27, Pastor Shea Pennington, Hope Plant City Jesus reminds us in His teachings that the only solid foundation is Himself, the Rock of our salvation. On Him alone we build. HOST: Fellowship Ministry Team | MENU: TBA
Fellowship Dinner: 5:15PM | Worship: 6:30PM (Ash Wednesday Worship ONLY: 4:30 & 6:30PM)
In celebration of the death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...
April 14—Palm Sunday 8:00 & 10:30AM Worship 4:00PM Spanish Worship w/Holy Communion April 18—Maundy Thursday 4:00PM Spanish Worship w/Holy Communion 6:30PM Worship w/Holy Communion (concluding with the Stripping of the Altar)
April 19—Good Friday 6:30PM Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness & Shadows)
“All glory, laud and honor to You Redeemer King!” April 21—Easter Sunday 7:00AM Sonrise Festival Worship w/Holy Communion
8:15AM Easter Breakfast 9:15AM Easter Egg-Stravaganza 10:30AM Festival Worship w/Holy Communion 4:00PM Spanish Worship w/Holy Communion
5:00PM Spanish Egg-Stravaganza
I know that my Redeemer lives!
Serving our Lord this Ash Wednesday evening (3/6/2019):
Officiant............................................................Rev. Shea Pennington, Associate Pastor Preacher……………………………………………….……….…….…..Rev. Dean Pfeffer, Senior Pastor Organist..................................................................Christine Mansell, Director of Music Jubilation Singers..........................................................Ellen Whitehurst, Choir Director Hope Ringers.......................................................Donna Koren, Handbell Choir Director Acolyte............................................................................................6:30/Keaira Griffin Lector...................................................................4:30/John Koren; 6:30/Keaira Griffin Elder on Duty......................................................4:30/Mike McMinn; 6:30/Todd Warner Communion.........................................4:30/Mike McMinn, Pastor Pfeffer & Pastor Shea; 6:30/Todd Warner, Pastor Pfeffer & Pastor Shea; Ushers.............................................................................................................Team 1
Hope Lutheran Church 2001 N. Park Road | Plant City, Florida 33563 813-752-4622 hopeplantcity.com [email protected]