March 14, 2021 – 4th Sunday in Lent

Note: The recording for this Sunday does not include the first ten minutes of the service, but instead it picks up about 30 seconds into the sermon.

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Mark

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Mark 14:32–52

32They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, Sit here while I pray. 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake. 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want. 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.

43Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard. 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, Rabbi! and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled. 50All of them deserted him and fled.

51A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

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

Sermon – Gethsemane: Place of Prayer, Place of Betrayal

Music for Meditation

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 Church

P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer

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.


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held today in the sanctuary after Sunday service (approximately 9:45 a.m.). There will be no forums, but the Annual Report will be available for pick up at the church no later than March 7. Due to covid limitations, participation allowed into the sanctuary will be capped at 50 with reservations prioritized. Sign up online via SignUpGenius or contact the church office if you plan to attend.

Easter Lilies

Would you like to purchase an Easter lily to help decorate the sanctuary? Whether it be for the remembrance of someone or just for the joy of it, the Worship & Music Committee would appreciate your participation in decorating the sanctuary for Easter. Please enclose a notation of "Easter Lilies" on your giving envelope and include the extra $13.00 by March 28. Your lily can be taken after Easter service to a shut-in identified by the church, or you can deliver it yourself to a particular person you have in mind. Please note either preference with your contribution.

Coat Rack Check

There are several coats left on the coat rack. Since we have not been in the church, they have gone unnoticed and unclaimed. Please check and see if any of these coats belong to you. If still unclaimed by Easter, they will be donated.

Lenten Wednesday Schedule

It's not too late to add the Lenten Prayer & Roundtable Discussion to your Lenten practices. This year, Wednesday night Lenten worship takes place by teleconference at 6 p.m., following a fixed liturgy posted on the website (it can also be mailed to you) with weekly readings and discussion. If you would like to be included for the remaining Wednesdays in Lent, contact the church office for call-in information.

Call for Updates to the Directory

We are getting several notices from members that have tried to reach other members using phone numbers listed in our directory only to find the number is no longer in service. If you or a member you are in touch with has discontinued a land line or changed cell phone numbers, please be sure to let the church office know. If this year has taught us nothing else, it is how much we need to stay in touch with each other.

Lutheran World Relief

The Mission committee will start collecting personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief during Lent. The kits include the following items:

These items can be put in the baskets in the narthex used for food collection. Committee members will sort the items.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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