Grace Lutheran Church
 
Grace Lutheran Church
6th Wednesday in Lent
April 5, 2017

Nuptial Feast

 

The biblical writers frequently use marital terms to speak of God’s relationship with His people and the salvation that He has prepared for His Bride. For example, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:5). This imagery is carried over into the New Testament, as Christ identifies Himself as the Bridegroom of the Church (Matthew 9:15; 25:1). No wedding would be complete without a wedding feast, and it is no different with the marriage of Christ and the Church. As the Bride of Christ feasts on the salutary gift of the Lord’s Supper, she enjoys a foretaste of that eternal wedding feast to come. Drawing on this theme, the hymn “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” (LSB 636) urges the faithful to “Hasten as a bride to meet Him, And with loving rev’rence greet Him” (st. 2) as she anticipates His coming in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Those who “receive this sacrament worthily” are those who have the wedding garment of faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

 

Service of Light

 

Stand

 

 

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Phos Hilaron

 

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Thanksgiving for Light

 

Sit

 

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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 45:6–9

Psalm

6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.

The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of up- | rightness;*

7You have loved | righteousness* and hated | wickedness.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness beyond your com- | panions;*

8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and | cassia.

From ivory palaces stringed instruments | make you glad;*

9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;

at your right hand stands the queen in gold of | Ophir.

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 Lord God, You have formed the holy Church to be the bride of Christ. Grant to Your Church the faith and peace she will need to do Your will and to show Your glory, through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C Amen.

 

LSB 636

Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

 

5 Jesus, source of lasting pleasure,
Truest friend, and dearest treasure,
Peace beyond all understanding,
Joy into all life expanding:
Humbly now, I bow before You;
Love incarnate, I adore You;
Worthily let me receive You
And, so favored, never leave You.

 

6 Jesus, sun of life, my splendor,
Jesus, friend of friends, most tender,
Jesus, joy of my desiring,
Fount of life, my soul inspiring:
At Your feet I cry, my maker,
Let me be a fit partaker
Of this blessèd food from heaven,
For our good, Your glory, given.

 

7 Lord, by love and mercy driven,
You once left Your throne in heaven
On the cross for me to languish
And to die in bitter anguish,
To forego all joy and gladness
And to shed Your blood in sadness.
By this blood redeemed and living,
Lord, I praise You with thanksgiving.

 

8 Jesus, bread of life, I pray You,
Let me gladly here obey You.
By Your love I am invited,
Be Your love with love requited;
By this Supper let me measure,
Lord, how vast and deep love’s treasure.
Through the gift of grace You give me
As Your guest in heav’n receive me.

 

Catechesis

P Who receives this sacrament worthily?

C Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.

 

 

Isaiah 61:10—62:5

Old Testament Reading

10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;

my soul shall exult in my God,

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to sprout up before all the nations.

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,

until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,

and her salvation as a burning torch.

2The nations shall see your righteousness,

and all the kings your glory,

and you shall be called by a new name

that the mouth of the Lord will give.

3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,

and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4You shall no more be termed Forsaken,

and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,

but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,

and your land Married;

for the Lord delights in you,

and your land shall be married.

5For as a young man marries a young woman,

so shall your sons marry you,

and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

so shall your God rejoice over you.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Revelation 21:1–4

New Testament Reading

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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 22:1–14

Gospel Reading

1 Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,

2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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.

 

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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 Dear Jesus, You have made us Your beloved Bride by clothing us in Holy Baptism with the wedding garment of salvation and righteousness. Grant us, Your beloved Bride, loving reverence to greet You in the salutary gift of the Lords Supper so that we may receive a foretaste of the eternal wedding feast to come; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Almighty God, as You took Eve from the side of sleeping Adam, so You bring forth and nourish the Church from the water and blood that poured out of Jesus side in the sleep of His crucifixion. Having been made the Bride of Christ in Holy Baptism, nourish us with the body and blood of our Bridegroom and bring us to the marriage feast that will have no end; 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.

 

 

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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

 

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Benediction


 

LSB 515

Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

 

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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