The Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 21, 2010
Your works, not mine, O Christ,
Speak gladness to this heart.
They tell me all is done;
They bid my fear depart.
To whom but you, who can alone
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 401:1)
Worship Focus: Only Christ's work saves
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p.26
Hymns: Hymn Sing, 110, 376, 401
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21
Forget your past works. They cannot save you. God has done a new thing. He gave his Son as your Savior. The waters of forgiveness flow from his side refreshing us in the wasteland of our sin.
Psalm 73, p. 94
Christ's work opens heaven where we will be with him in his glory.
Second Lesson: Philippians 3:8-14
Only Christ's righteousness stands before God. So press on toward what Jesus has won for you.
Gospel: Luke 20:9-19
Like those murderous tenants, trusting our own efforts to make us right in God sight rejects Jesus and throws him out. And without Jesus all is lost. For only Christ's work saves.
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.
Youth Bowling: The Trinity/Mt. Olive Youth Group would like to invite you and your youth to an afternoon of bowling in Graceville on Sunday, March 28. Bowling begins at 3:00pm followed by pizza for supper at Mt. Olive. We've really enjoyed getting together at Andes and Arrowwood this winter. Hopefully it works for us to get together again next Sunday.
Holy Week Schedule:
Palm Sunday: March 28, 10:30am
Maundy Thursday: April 1, 7:00pm (Lord's Supper)
Good Friday: April 2, 7:00pm (Tenebrae)
Easter: April 4, 9:00am (Lord's Supper)
Easter Breakfast: The youth group will be providing the Easter breakfast starting at 7:30am on April 4. A free will offering will help pay for youth activities throughout the year.
March ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Ryan Flaten
March cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson; Chuck & Lisa Nelson
Today's Greeters: Delores Rose