Grace Lutheran Church
 
Grace Lutheran Church
2nd Wednesday in Lent
March 8, 2017

Bread from Heaven

 

In answer to the grumbling of His people, God rained down bread from heaven for the Israelites during their journey through the wilderness (Exodus 16:1–15). This bread satisfied their physical hunger, but it did not allow them to live forever. They eventually died. In His incarnate Son, God has once again rained down bread from heaven for His people (John 6:27–35). Unlike the manna that God gave to the Israelites in the wilderness, this bread endures to eternal life. And our Lord has promised that if anyone eats of this bread, he will never die. Like the Israelites, we need nourishment for our lifelong journey toward our heavenly promised land. God knows that the way is difficult and perilous, and He does not want us to grow weary or perish on the way. So He feeds us with heavenly bread in the salutary gift of the Lord’s Supper. He strengthens and nourishes our souls with the “body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine” (Small Catechism). In this holy gift, those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” are truly satisfied. Like the disciples, we pray, “Lord, give us this bread always!” And so He does.

 

Service of Light

 

Stand

 

 

LSB 244

Phos Hilaron

 

LSB 245

Thanksgiving for Light

 

Sit

 

LSB 245

Psalm 141

 

L Let us pray.

Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before You, O Lord, and let Your loving-kindness descend on us that, with purified minds, we may sing Your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host and may glorify You forever.

C Amen.

 

Psalm 77:11–20

Psalm

11I will remember the deeds | of the Lord;*

yes, I will remember your won- | ders of old.

12I will ponder | all your work,*

and meditate on your | mighty deeds.

13Your way, O God, is | holy.*

What god is great | like our God?

14You are the God who works | wonders;*

you have made known your might among the | peoples.

15You with your arm redeemed your | people,*

the children of Jacob and | Joseph.

16When the waters saw you, O God,

when the waters saw you, they | were afraid;*

indeed, the deep | trembled.

17The clouds poured out water;

the skies gave forth | thunder;*

your arrows flashed on | every side.

18The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;

your lightnings lighted | up the world;*

the earth trem- | bled and shook.

19Your way was through the sea,

your path through the great | waters;*

yet your footprints | were unseen.

20You led your people | like a flock*

by the hand of Moses and | Aaron.

Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,*

and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,*

is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

 

Collect

P Heavenly Father, by signs and wonders You established Your ancient covenant, and through the sacrifice of Your Son You confirmed the new covenant yet more wondrously. Guide Your Church into the land of promise, that there we may celebrate Your name with lasting praise, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

LSB 625

Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread

 

Catechesis

P What is the Sacrament of the Altar?

C It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

 

 

Exodus 16:1–12

Old Testament Reading

1They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” 8And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11And the Lord said to Moses, 12“I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

1 Corinthians 10:1–13

Epistle

1I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Because standing for the reading of the Gospel has historically been connected with the presence of Christ in the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the traditional rubric for Evening Prayer is to remain seated during all of the readings, even those from the Gospels.

 

John 6:27–35

Gospel Reading

27Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

L In many and various ways, God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.

C But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.

 

 

Rev. Steven Becker - St. Paul Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

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Magnificat

 

The Offering, gathered at the entrance to the service, is now presented to the Lord.

 

LSB 249

Litany

The congregation's response may begin just as the leader's petition ends so that the word "Lord" is sung simultaneously by both leader and congregation.

 

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

C Lord, have mercy.

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:

C Lord, have mercy.

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

C Lord, have mercy.

L For [names of synodical and district presidents], for all pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For [name of president or monarch], for all public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

L For . . . [additional bids for prayer may be inserted here] . . . let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

 

The prayers then continue:

 

 

Silence for individual prayer may follow.

 

 

Collects

P Almighty God, You rained down bread from heaven for Your people Israel to sustain them as You led them through the wilderness into the Promised Land. Feed and satisfy Your new Israelthe Churchwith the true bread from heaven, that by feasting on Your Son, whose flesh and blood are true food and true drink, we would never perish but be strengthened and nourished in both body and soul as You lead us through the perils and difficulties of this wilderness world into our eternal promised land; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Almighty God, You led Your people through the waters of the Red Sea and fed them with bread from heaven. Give to us a hunger and thirst for your Sons body and blood, that we, who have been led through the waters of Holy Baptism and made Your people, would see in this Sacrament food that refreshes and strengthens our faith in Your Son and love for one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

L O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

 

LSB 251

Lord's Prayer

L Taught by our Lord and trusting in His promises, we are bold to pray:

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.

 

LSB 252

Benedicamus

 

LSB 252

Benediction


 

LSB 642

O Living Bread from Heaven

 

Silent Prayer

 

Acknowledgments

Evening Prayer from Lutheran Service Book

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