Worship Order for Sunday, March 21, 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.



Lift High the Cross ELW 660 

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

1        Come, Christians, follow where our captain trod,

        our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God.  

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

2        All newborn servants of the Crucified

        bear on their brows the seal of him who died.  

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

3        O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

        as thou hast promised, draw us all to thee.  

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.

4        So shall our song of triumph ever be:

        praise to the Crucified for victory!

     Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adore his sacred name.   

Text: George W. Kitchin, 1827-1912; rev. Michael R. Newbolt, 1874-1956

Text © 1974 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.


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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Let us pray. 

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, 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: Jeremiah 31:31-34

A reading from Jeremiah.

31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 51:1-12

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;

  in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2Wash me through and through from my wickedness,

  and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I know my offenses,

  and my sin is ever before me.

4Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;

  so you are justified when you speak and right in your judgment.

5Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness,

  a sinner from my mother’s womb.

6Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me,

  and would have me know wisdom deep within.

7Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

  wash me, and I shall be purer than snow.

8Let me hear joy and gladness;

  that the body you have broken may rejoice.

 Hide your face from my sins

    and blot out all my iniquity.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God,

  and renew a right spirit within me.

11Cast me not away from your presence,

  and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12Restore to me the joy of your salvation

  and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. 

SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:5-10

A reading from Hebrews.

5Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, 

 “You are my Son,

  today I have begotten you”;

6as he says also in another place, 

 “You are a priest forever,

  according to the order of Melchizedek.”

  7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

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 12:20-33

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

  27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



Seed That in Earth Is Dying ELW 330 

1        Seed that in earth is dying

grows into ears of grain.

Grapes that are crushed in the vessel

turn into golden wine.

God, through this mystery grant us

faith in our deepest darkness,

life in our night and death.

2        We were baptized in Jesus,

into his death and grave,

to resurrection’s promise:

praise and eternal life.

Heaven’s own praises begin here

where you yourself are near us,

deep in our night and death.

3        Seed that in earth is dying

rises to bear much fruit.

Christ, as we meet at your table,

give us the bread of life.

Lord, we do thank and adore you!

Unceasing praise of the ages

rises from night and death.

Text: Svein Ellingsen, b. 1929; tr. Hedwig T. Durnbaugh, b. 1929

English text © Hedwig T. Durnbaugh, admin. Augsburg Fortress.


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 wash us through and through and remember our sin no more. Make your church a community of forgiveness throughout the world. Give your people courage to forgive; through them show the world new possibilities. Bless ministries of repentance and reconciliation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You fill the earth—from tiny grains of wheat to the mighty thunder—with your presence, and you call us to attend to your will for all creation. Grant weather that prepares the soil for seeds; protect all from violent storms, flooding, and wildfires(especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You promise to write your law on our hearts. Guide citizens throughout the world to shape communities that reflect your mercy, justice, and peace, and give them creativity to work for the welfare of all. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. Restore the joy of all who need to know your presence: those who are lonely or feel unforgivable, those who need healing of mind or body (especially Claire Rud’s mother Dorothy Mikkelson, who suffered a massive heart attack on March 12th, Prayers for Paul Erickson as he recovers from surgery, Phyllis Campbell who is recovering at Good Samaritan-Bethany and Les & Kathy Hall.) those who are dying, and all who grieve. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Jesus calls us to follow him in life and death. Empower this congregation in discipleship. Equip children and teachers in Sunday school, confirmation, and learning ministries. Give us your truth and wisdom and teach us to follow Jesus. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the cross of Christ, your name is glorified. We praise you for those who have given us words to worship you (especiallyThomas Cranmer). With all those who have died in Christ, bring us into life everlasting. 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.


God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.


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 hosts

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord



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.


Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.


The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.



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.


  • We are preparing to celebrate Holy Week March 31-April 4. In addition to in-person services, we are offering at home Holy Week worship kits. If you would like a kit, please fill out a form on LOL Connect or contact Tyler at the Church Office.
  • 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.
  • Our friends at Lutheran Social Service could use some assistance. They have an urgent need for Meals on Wheels drivers to do no-contact deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. in Brainerd. For more information, contact Ciara from Lutheran Social Service at (320) 630-8103.
  • A grief support group will be starting Tuesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. here at the Church. Contact Deb Bergstrom or Tyler at the Church Office for more information.


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.



The Lord Now Sends Us Forth ELW 538 

Enviado soy de Dios

        The Lord now sends us forth 

with hands to serve and give,

        to make of all the earth 

a better place to live.    Repeat

        The angels are not sent 

into our world of pain

        to do what we were meant 

to do in Jesus’ name;

        that falls to you and me 

and all who are made free.

        Help us, O Lord, we pray, 

to do your will today.  Repeat


Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.