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Confirmation & Mentor Discussion Prompts April 1st

posted Apr 1, 2020, 9:05 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

Discussion prompts

For Students and Mentors

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

 Use the Faith5 model for your discussion time.

 1.  SHARE your highs and lows

What was the best part of your day or the past week? What was the worst? Name it. Claim it.

Remember—no judging highs and lows! It is what it is. It’s telling the truth.

 2.  READ (again) this week’s Bible verse

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit prays for us with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26).

Read it aloud more than once (for example, from different translations).

 3.  TALK about how the verse might relate to your highs and lows

Here are some things you might discuss.

·        Recall a time when a physical, emotional or spiritual experience left you groaning.  What was happening?

·        Who do you know that prays for you?  Who do you pray for?

·        What do you hope the Spirit prays for you “according to God’s will?” (Romans 8:27)

Remember—Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. If you have no idea what God is saying to you through this particular verse, go ahead and say so.

 4.  PRAY for each another's highs and lows

No need to be fancy.  Just talk honestly with God about your highs and lows and give them over to the God who promises to be your God.

 5.  BLESS one another

You can say a simple “God be with you” or “The Lord bless you and keep you” or similar words. If you are meeting by telephone, consider making the sign of the cross on your hand or forehead as you hear the blessing.

 Need help?  Call or text Pastor Marcus at 847-431-4654 or email marcus.kunz@gmail.com.  Your family can also use the Pandemic Hope Devotional that is based on the Faith5 model.  It’s available on our website ( www.gracethroughfaithministries.com ) and Facebook page

 ( www.facebook.com/gracethroughfaithministries ).

Palm Sunday, April 5th Bulletin

posted Apr 1, 2020, 8:56 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

                  “Grace through Faith Ministries”             Faith Lutheran Church & Grace Lutheran Church

         526 State St., Evansville, MN             205 Central Ave., Brandon, MN

          faithlc@gctel.com                                          grace@gctel.com

    Pr. Marcus Kunz                  Ministers: All Followers of Jesus Christ

                 Accompanist: Jake Pavia        Song Leader: Tom Helder             .

April 5, 2020                                                 Palm Sunday

Prelude

 Welcome

 Processional Gospel                             Matthew 21:1-9                                1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

5“Tell the daughter of Zion,
 Look, your king is coming to you,
  humble, and mounted on a donkey,
   and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
 “Hosanna to the Son of David!
  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
 Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 Song                       “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”                    stanzas 1 & 3 #344

 Prayer of the Day                                                                                    Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

woRD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

First Reading                                      Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
  did not regard equality with God
  as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
  taking the form of a slave,
  being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
  and became obedient to the point of death—
  even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him
  and gave him the name
  that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
  every knee should bend,
  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
  that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  to the glory of God the Father.

L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

 Gospel Reading                         Matthew 26:14—27:66

 Please follow along in your Bibles

 L: The Gospel of the Lord.      C: Praise to you, O Christ.

 Message

 Response to the Word

We respond to God's love and call

Hymn of the Day   There in God’s Garden”                #342

 Apostles’ Creed

 I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 Prayers of the People

 Lord’s Prayer

              SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Blessing

 Sending Hymn    “Go to Dark Gethsemane”                 #347

Postlude

             Our worship has ended.  Our service begins!

                       May Grace and Faith abound.

Thank you for worshiping with us today! 

 Liturgy from Sundays and Seasons.com.  Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress.  All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS025373.   New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”.  Text: Theodulph of Orleans, c. 760-821; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, alt.  Music: Melchoir Teschner, 1584-1635. Public Domain. “There in God’s Garden”.  Text:  Kiraly Imre von Pecselyi, c. 1590-c. 1641; tr. Erik Routley, 1917-1982.  Music: K. Lee Scott, b. 1950.  Text © 1976 Hinshaw Music, Inc.  Music © 1987 Birnamwood Publications, a div. of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-726549. “Go to Dark Gethsemane”.  Text: James Montgomery, 1771-1854.  Music: Richard Redhead, 1820-1901.  Public Domain. 

 

  

Wednesday, April 1st Midweek Lenten Worship Bulletin

posted Apr 1, 2020, 8:07 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

“For Us and for Our Salvation”

Readings for Midweek Lenten Worship

April 1, 2020

 Songs

“What A Friend We Have in Jesus” (ELW 742)

“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” (ELW 325)

“God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven” (ELW 564)

 First Reading: Romans 8:14-27

    14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
    18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
    26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 A Reading from the Small Catechism

The Lord’s Prayer begins:

Our Father who art in heaven

What does this mean?

With these words God wants to attract us, so that we come to believe he is truly our Father and we are truly his children, in order that we may ask him boldly and with complete confidence, just as loving children ask their loving father.

The Third Petition is:

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean?

In fact, God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us.

How does this come about?

Whenever God breaks and hinders every evil scheme and will—as are present in the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh—that would not allow us to hallow God’s name and would prevent the coming of his kingdom, and instead whenever God strengthens us and keeps us steadfast in his word and in faith until the end of our lives. This is God’s gracious and good will.

 Gospel Reading: Matthew 27:45-54

45From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

 Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and    glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2020 Worship Bulletin

posted Mar 27, 2020, 8:34 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

“Grace through Faith Ministries”

Faith Lutheran Church & Grace Lutheran Church

Prelude

Welcome

 Song             “Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land”      #333

 Prayer of the Day                                                                                        Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

woRD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

First Reading                                          Ezekiel 37:1-14                                    1The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

  7So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
  11Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

 L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

 Psalm 130                                                                                                        1Out of the depths                                                                                                             I cry to you, O Lord;

        2Lord, hear my voice!
      Let your ears be attentive to the voice of 
my supplication.                                    3If you were to keep watch over sins, Lord, who could stand?

4Yet with you is forgiveness,
      in order that you may be feared. 
5I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits; 
in your word is my hope.

        6My soul waits for the Lord more than those who  keep watch for the morning,             more than those who keep watch for the morning.                                            7O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast  love; with the Lord there is plenteous redemption.

          8For the Lord shall redeem Israel from all their sins. 

 

Second Reading                                      Romans 8:6-11                                    6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

  9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

                        L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

 Gospel Reading                                           John 11:1-45                                1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

  7Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

  17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

  28When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

  38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

  45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

 L: The Gospel of the Lord.      C: Praise to you, O Christ.

 Message

 Response to the Word

We respond to God's love and call

 Hymn of the Day     “Healer of Our Every Ill”               # 612

 Apostles’ Creed

 I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 Prayers of the People

 Lord’s Prayer

              SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Blessing

 Sending Hymn     “Children of the Heavenly Father”     # 781

Postlude

           Our worship has ended.  Our service begins!

                       May Grace and Faith abound.                                                    Thank you for worshiping with us today! 

Liturgy from Sundays and Seasons.com.  Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress.  All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS025373.   New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  “Healer of Our Every Ill”.  Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950.  Music: Marty Haugen.  Text and music © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.  All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-726549. “Children of the Heavenly Father”.  Text: Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; tr. Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958.  Music: Swedish folk tune.  Text © 1925 Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America.  All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-726549. “Jesus Is a In a Rock in a Weary Land”.  Text and Music: African American spiritual. All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-726549.

 

 

Confirmation & Mentor Prompts, March 25th

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:45 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

Discussion prompts  For Students and Mentors

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 Use the Faith5 model for your discussion time.

 1SHARE your highs and lows

What was the best part of your day or the past week? What was the worst? Name it. Claim it.

Remember—no judging highs and lows! It is what it is. It’s telling the truth.

2.  READ (again) this week’s Bible verse

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:2).

Read it aloud more than once (for example, from different translations).

3.  TALK about how the verse might relate to your highs and lows

Here are some things you might discuss.

·        Describe the usual order of things (the “law”) that you see at work around you these days.  Is it more like death or life?

·        Tell about any experience where you have seen “the Spirit of life” setting you and others free.

·        Is there someone in your life who seems to embody “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”? What kind of time do you spend with this person?

Remember—Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. If you have no idea what God is saying to you through this particular verse, go ahead and say so.

4.  PRAY for each another's highs and lows

No need to be fancy.  Just talk honestly with God about your highs and lows and give them over to the God who promises to be your God.

5.  BLESS one another

You can say a simple “God be with you” or “The Lord bless you and keep you” or similar words. If you are meeting by telephone, consider making the sign of the cross on your hand or forehead as you hear the blessing. 

Need help?  Call or text Pastor Marcus at 847-431-4654 or email marcus.kunz@gmail.com.  Your family can also use the Pandemic Hope Devotional that is based on the Faith5 model.  It’s available on our website (www.gracethroughfaithministries.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gracethroughfaithministries).

Midweek Lenten Worship, March 25th

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:43 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

 “For Us and for Our Salvation”

Readings for Midweek Lenten Worship, March 25, 2020

Songs

“Lord of All Hopefulness” (ELW 765)

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (ELW 803)

 First Reading: Romans 8:1-7

1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

A Reading from the Small Catechism

The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed begins:

I believe in the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean?

I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith. Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins—mine and those of all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give to me and all believers in Christ eternal life.  This is most certainly true.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 27:27-44

27The soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
32As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 36then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
    38Two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads 40and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross." 41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42"He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, 'I am God's Son.'" 44The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and    glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 Bulletin

posted Mar 20, 2020, 10:03 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

“Grace through Faith Ministries”

Faith Lutheran Church & Grace Lutheran Church

     526 State St., Evansville, MN             205 Central Ave., Brandon, MN

            faithlc@gctel.com                                         grace@gctel.com

     Pr. Marcus Kunz                             Ministers: All Followers of Jesus Christ                                  Accompanists:  Vicki Carlson & Ginny Nelson                                     March 22, 2020                                                    4th Sunday in Lent

 Introduction

“I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  Many of us have experienced this kind of dramatic turn in the life of faith, other have experience faith more like an organic growth  Today we hear what both experiences have in common—Jesus Christ, the source of our life and light.

Prelude

Welcome

Song     “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” stanzas 1, 4

Prayer of the Day

Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 woRD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

First Reading                                     Ephesians 5:8-14

When Jesus Christ is our light, we are raised to a new life in him. 

8Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
 “Sleeper, awake!
  Rise from the dead,
 and Christ will shine on you.”

L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading                                           John 9:1-41

When Jesus and his companions encountered a man living with blindness, Jesus—the light of the world—brought light and sight and life to the man and to many others.

 As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

  13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
  18The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
  24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
  35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

L: The Gospel of the Lord.      C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Message

Response to the Word

We respond to God's love and call 

Hymn of the Day  “Amazing Grace” stanzas 1, 3, 4

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Lord’s Prayer

           SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Blessing

Postlude

            Our worship has ended.  Our service begins!

                       May Grace and Faith abound. 

Thank you for worshipping with us today! 

Some portions of this liturgy from Sundays and Seasons.com.  Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress.  All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS025373.   

 

Confirmation & Mentor Discussion Prompts for March 18th

posted Mar 18, 2020, 10:13 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

Discussion prompts For Students and Mentors

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Use the Faith5 model for your discussion time.

1.  SHARE your highs and lows

What was the best part of your day or the past week? What was the worst? Name it. Claim it.

Remember—no judging highs and lows! It is what it is. It’s telling the truth.

2.  READ (again) this week’s Bible verse

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5).

Read it aloud more than once (for example, from different translations).

3.  TALK about how the verse might relate to your highs and lows

Here are some things you might discuss.

·        What seems to be on the mind of others who are close to you right now?  What’s on your mind? 

·        If you can, recall a time when it seemed like Christ’s mind was at work in you.  What was going on at that time?

·        Where do you think Christ’s mind is taking you now?

Remember—Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. If you have no idea what God is saying to you through this particular verse, go ahead and say so.

4.  PRAY for each another's highs and lows

No need to be fancy.  Just talk honestly with God about your highs and lows and give them over to the God who promises to be your God.

5.  BLESS one another

You can say a simple “God be with you” or “The Lord bless you and keep you” or similar words. If you are meeting by telephone, consider making the sign of the cross on your hand or forehead as you hear the blessing.

Need help?  Call or text Pastor Marcus at 847-431-4654 or email marcus.kunz@gmail.com.  Your family can also use the Pandemic Hope Devotional that is based on the Faith5 model.  It’s available on our website (www.gracethroughfaithministries.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gracethroughfaithministries).

March 18th Midweek Lenten Readings - being live-streamed at 7:00pm

posted Mar 18, 2020, 7:43 AM by Faith Lutheran Church

“For Us and for Our Salvation”

Readings for March 18, 2020 Midweek Lenten Worship

This resource will help you to participate at home in the livestream worship at  www.sundaystreams.com/go/flc or on the Parish Website www.gracethroughfaithministries.com  or the Faith Website www.faithlutheranevansvillemn.org  For songs, please refer to the songsheet in the “Pandemic Hope Devotional”       ( https://tinyurl.com/w6g3qud ) (p. 20), also available at the Grace Through Faith Ministries Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gracethroughfaithministries)

 First Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
 6who, though he was in the form of God,
 did not regard equality with God
 as something to be exploited,
 7but emptied himself,
 taking the form of a slave,
 being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
 8he humbled himself
 and became obedient to the point of death —
 even death on a cross.
 9Therefore God also highly exalted him
 and gave him the name
 that is above every name,
 10so that at the name of Jesus
 every knee should bend,
 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 11and every tongue should confess
 that Jesus Christ is Lord,
 to the glory of God the Father.

 

A Reading from the Small Catechism

The Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed is:

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father in eternity, and also a true human being, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being. He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death. He has done all this in order that I may belong to him, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in eternal righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 27:11-14, 20-23

11Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” 12But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” 14But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. … 20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” 23Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

 

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

March 15th Streamed Service Readings & Worship Aids

posted Mar 14, 2020, 5:57 PM by Faith Lutheran Church   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 7:55 AM ]

Welcome

For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) 

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Prayer of the Day:  Merciful God, you are a fountain of living water, you quench our thirst, and you wash away our sin. We ask that you give us this water always. Bring us to the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and foreverAmen.

woRD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song. 

 First Reading                                           Exodus 17:1-7

While the Israelites journeyed through the Sinai wilderness to the land the Lord (Yahweh) promised, they frequently and faithlessly complained against the One who freed them from slavery in Egypt. In spite of their complaints God chose to remain faithful to who God promised to be for Israel—slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Exodus 34:6).

1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

                        L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

Second Reading                                       Romans 5:1-11

Paul tells the Romans that even though humankind has engaged in an ungodly rebellion against God, God chooses to be reconciled to us in the forgiving love for sinners that Jesus Christ embodies in his death. The Holy Spirit pours this hope into the depths of our lives. 

1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

L: The Word of the Lord.      C: Thanks be to God.

*Gospel Reading                                        John 4:5-42

When Jesus encounters a thirsty foreigner at a public well, the conversation leads to a life-giving promise for the woman and everyone who listens to her.

The Holy Gospel according to John

Glory to you, O Lord.

5[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.  7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”  16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” 19The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” 27Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” 30They left the city and were on their way to him. 31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

L: The Gospel of the Lord.      C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Message                                           

Response to the Word

We respond to God's love and call

*Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Prayers of the People

After each petition:  Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.

Response at the conclusion of the prayers: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer                                                    

SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world. 

Blessing/Benediction:  Now is the acceptable time.  Now is the day of salvation.

Holy God, speaking, spoken, and inspiring, bless you, unbind you, and send you in love and in peace.  Amen. 

Dismissal 

P:  Go in peace. Growing together in Christ.

C: To minister, to love, and to serve. Thanks be to God!

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