Grace Lutheran Church
 
Grace Lutheran Church
4th Wednesday in Lent
March 22, 2017

Blest Communion

 

St. Paul writes regarding the Lord’s Supper: “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:14–22) These words remind us that to participate in the salutary gift of the Lord’s Supper is truly to participate in a “blest Communion” (LSB 617:3)—first and foremost, communion and fellowship with Christ. But this communion with Christ also results in another fellowship—a fellowship with those who commune at table with us. This is reflected in St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (v. 17). Finally, in this Holy Meal, we also have fellowship with the “whole company of heaven” as we learn in the Proper Preface of the Communion liturgy. Besides the chief spiritual benefits of “forgiveness, life, and salvation” (Small Catechism), recipients of this holy gift also enjoy the comfort of being surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), including those they love who have departed in the faith.

 

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 116:12–19

Psalm

12What shall I render | to the Lord*

for all his bene- | fits to me?

13I will lift up the cup of sal- | vation*

and call on the name | of the Lord,

14I will pay my vows | to the Lord*

in the presence of all his | people.

15Precious in the sight | of the Lord*

is the death | of his saints.

16O Lord, I am your | servant;*

I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.

You have | loosed my bonds.

17I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanks- | giving*

and call on the name | of the Lord.

18I will pay my vows | to the Lord*

in the presence of all his | people,

19in the courts of the house | of the Lord,*

in your midst, O Jerusalem. |

Praise the Lord!

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 God of power and mercy, through the Passion and resurrection of Your Son You have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from You. Be with us on our pilgrimage, and help us offer You a sacrifice of praise, fulfill our vows, and glorify You in the presence of all Your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C Amen.

 

LSB 649

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

 

 

Catechesis

P What is the benefit of this eating and drinking [of the Sacrament of the Altar]?

C These words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

 

 

Acts 2:42–47

First Reading

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

1 Corinthians 10:14–22

Epistle

14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

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 24:28–35

Gospel Reading

28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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

 

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 Lord Jesus Christ, we are not worthy that You should enter under the roof of our homes. And yet You put Your body and blood under the roof of our mouths to make Your home in us. Encourage our participation in the Lords Supper, for it is a blest Communion and a joyous exchange where You unite Yourself with us to take our unworthiness, sin, and death and give us Your worthiness, righteousness, and life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ, You bring angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven to us in Your Supper. Comfort us with the truth that our loved ones who departed in the faith are not gone but with us unseen in Holy Communion, and on the Last Day, we will see them face-to-face gathered around the marriage feast of the Lamb in whose kingdom will have no end; 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 617

O Lord, We Praise Thee

 

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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