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P: In the name of God, who makes a way in the wilderness, walks with us, and guides us in our pilgrimage.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P: Holy One,
C: we confess that we have wandered far from you: we have not trusted your promises, we have ignored your prophets in our own day, we have squandered our inheritance of grace, we have failed to recognize you in our midst. Have mercy on us! Forgive us and turn us again to you. Teach us to follow in your ways, assure us again of your love, and help us to love our neighbor. Amen.
P: Beloved in Christ,
the Word draws near to you,
and all who call out to God shall be saved.
In Jesus, God comes to you again and again
and gathers you under wings of love.
In Jesus' name, your sins are forgiven.
God journeys with you and teaches you how to live in love.
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
P: Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son.
Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
1I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
6Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did.
7Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written,
The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.
8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents.
10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
12So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
P: The holy gospel according to St. Luke, the 13th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2[Jesus] asked them,
Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.
6Then he told this parable:
A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
7So he said to the gardener,
See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?
Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.
9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
P: Merciful God,
C: receive our prayer.
P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
P: Jesus, Bread of life, we have received from your table more than we could ever ask.
As you have nourished us in this meal, now strengthen us to love the world with your own life.
In your name we pray.
P: You are children of God, anointed with the oil of gladness and strengthened for the journey.
Almighty God, motherly, majestic, and mighty,
bless you this day and always.
P: Go in peace.
Jesus meets you on the way.
C: Thanks be to God.
The flowers on the altar are given by Wilma Miller in memory of her father William Miller.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Services continue this week, looking at how God is with us in times of change. This week's topic is Change of Circumstances: we learn to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
Hey, do you like mowing or yard work? We are in need of more people to mow/trim the yard at OSLC. Must be 16 years old. If so, please contact Steve Schulke. Thank you!
Would you like to purchase flowers to help decorate the sanctuary for Easter?
We hope to celebrate Easter this year with lilies and other bulb flowers.
Whether it be for the remembrance of someone or just for the joy of it,
please enclose a notation of
Easter flowers on your giving envelope and include the extra $14.00 by March 21 (tomorrow).
You can also use one of the green flower cards in the pews.
Your flower can be taken after Easter service or left either to stay in the church an extra week or designated for delivery to a shut-in.
Thrivent Financial reminds members to direct your 2021 Choice Dollars to Our Saviour Lutheran Church or another organization of your choice no later than March 31, 2022. You can also use their online giving platform at any time to make a donation with no processing fees. Both options are available at Thrivent.com.
OSLC will be collecting personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief once again during the Lent season this year. Personal care kits include the following:
Home Sweet Home Ministries has a need for supplies for bag lunches. OSLC is currently collecting water bottles and single-serve bags of chips. We will also accept monetary donations and do the shopping for you. You can leave donations in the narthex.
The Flower Chart is located on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Cost is $25 a vase. Keep in mind that there are two vases that can be sponsored each Sunday, and there are several Sundays few months with at least one opening.