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THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
March 11 & 12, 2017


PRE-SERVICE

Prelude
Confession & Absolution (LSB p. 167)
Sharing of the Peace

SERVICE OF THE WORD

The Great Litany

Salutation & Collect of the Day (LSB p. 172)

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 12:1-9

12 Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country[b]and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[c]

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak[d] of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

Psalm of the Day: Ps. 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

A: Antiphon
C: Antiphon

A: I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
C: Antiphon

A: May he not suffer your foot to slip; may he slumber not who guards you: indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps, the guardian of Israel.
C: Antiphon

A: The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade; he is beside you at your right hand. The sun shall not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
C: Antiphon

A: The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever.
C: Antiphon

Epistle Reading: Romans 4:1-8, 13-17

4 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in[a]him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Return to the Lord, Your God & Verse (LSB p. 173): John 3:16

C: Return to the Lord, Your God
A: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
C: Return to the Lord, Your God

Holy Gospel: John 3:1-17

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus[a] by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ 8 The wind[e]blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h]

16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The Small Catechism: The Third & Fourth Commandments (LSB p. 321)
Hymn of the Day: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart (LSB 708)

Sermon
The Nicene Creed
(LSB p. 174)
The Prayers of the Church
The Giving of Our Offerings
Offertory Hymn: 
What Shall I Render (LSB p. 176)

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

Preface (LSB p. 177)

Proper Preface
Sanctus
(LSB p. 178)

Prayer of Thanksgiving (LSB p. 178)
The Lord's Prayer (LSB p. 179)
The Words of Our Lord (LSB p. 179)
Pax Domini and Agnus Dei (LSB p. 180)

Communion Antiphon

"Jerusalem, built as a city whose parts are bound firmly together! It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto your name, O Lord." - Ps. 122:3-4

Communion Hymn: Sing Praise to the God of Israel (LSB 936)

Communion Hymn: God Loved the World So That He Gave (LSB 571)

Communion Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (LSB 918)

Dismissal of Communicants (LSB p. 181)
Post-Communion Canticle: Nunc Dimittis (LSB p. 182)

Post-Communion Collect (LSB p. 183)
Benediction

Closing Hymn: All Who Believe and Are Baptized (LSB 601)