Grace Lutheran Church
Grace Lutheran Church
5th Wednesday in Lent
March 29, 2017

Rest for the Weary


The Israelites were commanded to observe the Sabbath, for God made the heavens and the earth in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested from all His work. They were to “put aside the work you do, So that God may work in you” (LSB 581:4). These Sabbaths all pointed to the One who is Himself “lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:8). As God rested on the seventh day after His work of creation, Christ also rested in the tomb on the Sabbath Day after His work of redemption. Thus, Jesus is our true Sabbath rest. He says, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). In Him, all our labor ceases and we find “rest for our souls” (v. 29). Every week, we come to the Lord’s Table weary and burdened by sin and in need of rest and refreshment. And Jesus graciously grants us this rest for our souls in the salutary gift of His body and blood, as the hymn says: “Weary am I and heavy laden; With sin my soul is sore oppressed; Receive me graciously and gladden My heart, for I am now Thy guest” (LSB 618:4).


Service of Light





LSB 244

Phos Hilaron


LSB 245

Thanksgiving for Light




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 34:17–22


17When the righteous cry for help, the | Lord hears*

and delivers them out of all their | troubles.

18The Lord is near to the broken- | hearted*

and saves the crushed in | spirit.

19Many are the afflictions of the | righteous,*

but the Lord delivers him out | of them all.

20He keeps | all his bones;*

not one of them is | broken.

21Affliction will slay the | wicked,*

and those who hate the righteous will | be condemned.

22The Lord redeems the life of his | servants;*

none of those who take refuge in him will | be condemned.

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.



P Lord, graciously hear us, for we seek You alone. Calm our bodies and minds with the peace which passes understanding, and make us radiant with joy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C Amen.


LSB 423

Jesus, Refuge of the Weary




P How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things [as bringing forgiveness, life, and salvation]?

C Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: “Forgiveness of sins.”



Exodus 31:12–18

Old Testament Reading

12And the Lord said to Moses, 13“You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. 16Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. 17It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”

18And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.


Hebrews 4:1–11


1Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5And again in this passage he said,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

6Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”

8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

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.


Matthew 11:27—12:8

Gospel Reading

27All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

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.)




LSB 248



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



LSB 249


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.




P Almighty God, You rested from Your work of creation on the Sabbath to give Your creatures a day to find rest and refreshment in Your Holy Word. Grant that we may with faithful perseverance keep the Sabbath, gladly hearing and learning Your Holy Word, until that day when You give us eternal rest and refreshment in the resurrection to life everlasting; 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 Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ, following Your work of redemption on Good Friday, You rested in the tomb on the Sabbath and came back to life on the first day of the week, opening to us an eternal Sabbath rest. Grant to us, who are burdened by our sins, ears to hear Your gracious invitation to come to Your Table and find rest for our souls in the eating and drinking of Your body and blood; 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



LSB 252



LSB 618

I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table



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