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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: Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert.
Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Lord has done great things for them.
4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
P: The holy gospel according to St. John, the 12th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.
3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,
5Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?
6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)
Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.
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 Linda Prosser in honor of her granddaughter Lauren Hall's birthday.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Services conclude this week, looking at how God is with us in times of change. This week's topic is Change of Plans: God changes our plans, replacing them with more than what we could imagine.
Did you receive (by email or paper copy) the latest issue of our newsletter The Way? As we continue in the process of leadership, the Council is sharing updates on the call process there, so make sure you are getting yours. Call the office if you have not been receiving The Way.
The Sending Ministry Team will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank on Monday, April 11 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. We need a group of 15 20 volunteers. Children 10 years and older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have close-toed shoes. Midwest Food Bank requires all volunteers to sign up ahead of time using this link: https://x.gldn.io/DPrqzYnhLeb. If you have questions you can contact Rob or Shawna Mahnke. Thank you!
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.