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Grace Lutheran Church
3rd Wednesday in Lent
March 15, 2017

Healing Medicine

 

During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed many with sick and diseased bodies. Christ’s healing touch restored limbs, raised the dead, and removed fevers. As the hymn says: “His hallowed touch brought sanctity, His hand removed impurity” (LSB 624:2). In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus paints a vivid picture both of our predicament under the curse of sin and of our salvation (Luke 10:25–37). Like the man who had fallen among thieves and was lying half-dead, we were “dead in the trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). We were incapable of helping ourselves. But this kind and compassionate Samaritan, Jesus Christ, comes to us and binds up our wounds and takes our burden upon Himself. He takes us to the inn of His Church, places us into the care of His called servants, and has promised to return. And He has not left us without spiritual medicine. In the salutary gift of the Lord’s Supper, Christ’s healing hand continues to reach out to those afflicted with the terminal disease of sin. His body and blood are a true healing balm for the troubled conscience, since it was “given and shed for the forgiveness of sins” (Small Catechism).

 

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 103:1–5

Psalm

1Bless the Lord, | O my soul,*

and all that is within me,

bless his | holy name!

2Bless the Lord, | O my soul,*

and forget not all his | benefits,

3who forgives all your in- | iquity,*

who heals all your dis- | eases,

4who redeems your life | from the pit,*

who crowns you with steadfast love and | mercy,

5who satisfies | you with good*

so that your youth is renewed like the | eagle’s.

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 Father of light, we praise You because You forgive iniquity and do not reward us according to our sins. What You promised tot eh fathers You have fulfilled in Your Son. As the east and the west can never come together, so remove our sins far from us, that they can be accounted to us no more, for the sake fo Jesus Christ, our Savior.

C Amen.

 

LSB 421

Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing

 

5 O my God, my rock and tower,
Grant that in Your death I trust,
Knowing death has lost its power
Since You crushed it in the dust.
Savior, let Your agony
Ever help and comfort me;
When I die be my protection,
Light and life and resurrection.

 

Catechesis

P Last week, we confessed the Sacrament of the Altar to be 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.

Where is this written?

C The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My Body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My Blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

 

Isaiah 52:13—53:5

Old Testament Reading

13Behold, my servant shall act wisely;

he shall be high and lifted up,

and shall be exalted.

14As many were astonished at you—

his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,

and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—

15so shall he sprinkle many nations;

kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which has not been told them they see,

and that which they have not heard they understand.

1Who has believed what they heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

3He was despised and rejected by men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

5But he was wounded for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his stripes we are healed.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Revelation 22:1–5

New Testament Reading

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

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.

 

Luke 10:25–37

Gospel Reading

25And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

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. Michael Mohr - Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

LSB 248

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 Merciful Father, Your Sons hands that touched and healed many weak and diseased bodies were nailed to the cross to secure for us eternal healing in both body and soul. Grant that we, who are sin-sick, would seek the medicine of immortality, the antidote of death, from the hands of our Good Physician in this Blessed Sacrament of His body and blood; 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 Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Good Samaritan who has borne our burden and brought us into the inn of Your Church through Holy Baptism. Continue to care for those who have been attacked by sin, robbed by the devil, and bruised by the Law. Bind up our wounds with Your body and blood, which forgives our sins, protects us from the devil, and heals our troubled consciences; for You live and reign with the Father 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 620

Jesus Comes Today with Healing

 

5 Let me praise God’s boundless favor,
Whose own feast of love I savor,
Bidden by His gracious call.
Wedding garments He provides me,
With a robe of white He hides me,
Fits me for the royal hall.

 

6 Now have I found consolation,
Comfort in my tribulation,
Balm to heal the troubled soul.
God, my shield from ev’ry terror,
Cleanses me from sin and error,
Makes my wounded spirit whole.

 

Silent Prayer

 

Acknowledgments

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