Worship for Sunday, March 14, 2021


Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

the keeper of the covenant,

the source of steadfast love,

our rock and our redeemer.


God hears us when we cry, and draws us close in Jesus Christ. Let us return to the one who is full of compassion.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Fountain of living water,

pour out your mercy over us.

Our sin is heavy, and we long to be free.

Rebuild what we have ruined

and mend what we have torn.

Wash us in your cleansing flood.

Make us alive in the Spirit

to follow in the way of Jesus,

as healers and restorers of the world you so love.


Beloved, God’s word never fails.

The promise rests on grace:

by the saving love of Jesus Christ,

the wisdom and power of God,

your sins are ☩ forgiven, and God remembers them no more.

Journey in the way of Jesus.



 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

1        Amazing grace! how sweet the sound

        that saved a wretch like me!

        I once was lost, but now am found;

        was blind, but now I see.

2        ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

        and grace my fears relieved;

        how precious did that grace appear

        the hour I first believed!

3        Through many dangers, toils, and snares        

        I have already come;

        ’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,

        and grace will lead me home.

4        The Lord has promised good to me;

        his word my hope secures;

        he will my shield and portion be

        as long as life endures.

5        When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

        bright shining as the sun,

        we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

        than when we’d first begun.

Text: John Newton, 1725-1807, alt., sts. 1-4; anonymous, st. 5


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.



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Lord have mercy

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Christ have mercy

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Lord have mercy


Let us pray. 

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.



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

FIRST READING: Numbers 21:4-9

A reading from Numbers.

4From Mount Hor [the Israelites] set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” 6Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,

  for God’s mercy endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim

  that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe,

3gathering them in from the lands;

  from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

17Some were fools and took rebellious paths;

  through their sins they were afflicted.

18They loathed all manner of food

  and drew near to death’s door.

19Then in their trouble they cried to the Lord

  and you delivered them from their distress.

20You sent forth your word and healed them

  and rescued them from the grave.

21Let them give thanks to you, Lord, for your steadfast love

  and your wonderful works for all people.

22Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving

  and tell of your deeds with shouts of joy.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 2:1-10

A reading from Ephesians.

1You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.


Save us Savior of the world

For by your cross and resurrection

You have set us free.  

Save us Savior of the world

For by your cross and resurrection

You have set us free.

GOSPEL: John 3:14-21

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 14“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

  16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

  17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Erika Nilsen


I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

1        I heard the voice of Jesus say,

        “Come unto me and rest;

        lay down, O weary one, lay down

        your head upon my breast.”

        I came to Jesus as I was,

        so weary, worn, and sad;

        I found in him a resting-place,

        and he has made me glad.

2        I heard the voice of Jesus say,

        “Behold, I freely give

        the living water, thirsty one;

        stoop down and drink and live.”

        I came to Jesus, and I drank

        of that life-giving stream;

        my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

        and now I live in him.


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.

*Or, “he descended into hell,” another translation of this text in widespread use.


Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

You sent your Son that the world might be saved through him. Inspire the witness of the church throughout the world. Empower missionaries, Bible translators, and ministries of service in your name. Bless our partners in ministry (specificmission partners may be named), our ELCA global partner churches, and Young Adults in Global Mission. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

From east to west your steadfast love is shown. Nourish seas and deserts, wilderness areas and cities. Give water to thirsty lands; nurture spring growth that feeds hungry creatures; bless farmers as they prepare for the growing season. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You sustained your people in the wilderness. Give courage to all who lead in times of crisis and scarce resources. Prosper the work of those who aid victims of famine and drought (especially). Bring peace in places where scares resources cause violence. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Your mercy endures forever. Deliver all who cry to you, especially those who are hungry or without homes. Give life in places where death seems triumphant; give healing to those who are sick and comfort to those who mourn (especially, the Claire Rud and her family as Claire’s mother, Dorothy Mikkelson, recovers from a heart attack. We also ask for You to help Shirley Hansen to be free of the pain she is in and that You guide the surgeons who will soon be working on her to success. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

By grace we have been saved. Fill this congregation to overflowing with that grace, that we show mercy to others. Nourish any in our midst who are hungry, especially children, and bless our ministries of feeding and shelter. Give us patience and courage when the way seems long. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Your Son was lifted up that whoever believes might have eternal life. We praise you for all who have died in Christ. Bring us with all the saints into the fullness of your promises. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.


Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.




The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.


Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;

beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.

We thank you, O God.

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.

Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end,

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus,

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.



Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

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.


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, Lamb of God.


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


  • If you, or someone you know, would like to receive portable communion cups please let us know.  You can use them during the streaming worship service, or a pastor can call you on the phone and celebrate communion with you that way. 
  • With us at the one year mark of Covid, we are inviting people to come to the Church patio this week and reflect on all that has happened this year and how we have been changed by it. All our prayerLIFE @12:45 devotionals will also talk about the year, specifically on: Naming a loss or grief, the gifts we have been blessed with, gratitude for those gifts and asking ourselves how do we want things to be different after this is all over.
  • Those who are interested in becoming members at Lord of Life should contact Pastor Steve about upcoming new member conversations.
  • A Grief Support Group will begin March 30th at 5 p.m. For the first eight weeks, the group will meet weekly.  Contact Deb Bergstrom for more information.
  • We are continuing to look for more potential Stephen Ministers. The work this group does in walking with those who need someone is incredibly important. We were fortunate enough that Sandy Hudak agreed to speak about her time having a Stephen Minister walk with her.

(There will be a video excerpt from Pastor Erika’s conversation with Sandy Hudak, who once received care from Stephen Ministers)


The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.


The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The God of all grace ☩ bless you now and forever.



Christ, Be Our Light

1        Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.


Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

2        Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has pow’r to save us.

Make us your living voice. 


Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

3        Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.


Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

4.          Longing for shelter,  many are homeless.

        Longing for warmth, many are cold.

        Make us your building, sheltering others,

        walls made of living stone.


Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

5        Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

signs of your kingdom come.


Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

Text: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957

Text © 1993 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Thanks be to God.

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