Worship Order for Sunday, March 7, 2021

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.

Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.

At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.

By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,

and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

Shower us with your Spirit,

and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

SONG

Canticle of the Turning

1        My soul cries out with a joyful shout

        that the God of my heart is great,

        and my spirit sings of the wondrous things

        that you bring to the ones who wait.

        You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,

        and my weakness you did not spurn, 

        so from east to west shall my name be blest.

        Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain

        My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

        Let the fires of your justice burn.

        Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

        and the world is about to turn.

2        Though I am small, my God, my all,

        you work great things in me,

        and your mercy will last from the depths of the past

        to the end of the age to be.

        Your very name puts the proud to shame,

        and to those who would for you yearn,

        you will show your might, put the strong to flight,

        for the world is about to turn.

Refrain

        My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

        Let the fires of your justice burn.

        Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

        and the world is about to turn.

3        From the halls of pow’r to the fortress tow’r,

        not a stone will be left on stone.

        Let the king beware for your justice tears

        ev’ry tyrant from his throne.

        The hungry poor shall weep no more,

        for the food they can never earn;

        there are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,

        for the world is about to turn.  

Refrain

        My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

        Let the fires of your justice burn.

        Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

        and the world is about to turn.

4        Though the nations rage from age to age,

        we remember who holds us fast:

        God’s mercy must deliver us 

        from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.

        This saving word that our forebears heard

        is the promise which holds us bound,

        till the spear and rod can be crushed by God,

        who is turning the world around.  

Refrain

        My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

        Let the fires of your justice burn.

        Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

        and the world is about to turn.

Text: Rory Cooney, b. 1952, based on the Magnificat

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GREETING

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.

KYRIE

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

WORD

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

FIRST READING: Exodus 20:1-17

A reading from Exodus.

1God spoke all these words:

  2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me.

  4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

  7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

  8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

  12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

  13You shall not murder.

  14You shall not commit adultery.

  15You shall not steal.

  16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 19

1The heavens declare the glory of God,

  and the sky proclaims its maker’s handiwork.

2One day tells its tale to another,

  and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3Although they have no words or language,

  and their voices are not heard,

4their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world,

  where God has pitched a tent for the sun.

5It comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;

  it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of | it again;

  nothing is hidden from its burning heat. R

7The teaching of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;

  the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.

8The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;

  the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.

9The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever;

  the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,

  sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. R

11By them also is your servant enlightened,

  and in keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can detect one’s own offenses?

  Cleanse me from my secret faults.

13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;

  then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,

  O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. R

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

18The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, 

 “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

  and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL: John 2:13-22

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SPECIAL MUSIC

Today 

Chorus

Today I choose to follow You

Today I choose to give my yes to You

Today I choose to hear Your voice and live

Today I choose to follow You

Verse

As for me and my house

We will serve You

As for me and my house

We will spend our lives on You

Chorus

Today I choose to follow You

Today I choose to give my yes to You

Today I choose to hear Your voice and live

Today I choose to follow You

Verse

As for me and my house

We will serve You

As for me and my house

We will spend our lives on You

(Today)

Verse

As for me and my house

We will serve You

As for me and my house

We will spend our lives on You

(Today)

Bridge

Wonderful Counselor

Everlasting Father

Eternal King Lord of Hosts

Willingly we follow

Chorus

Today I choose to follow You

Today I choose to give my yes to You

Today I choose to hear Your voice and live

Today I choose to follow You

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.


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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

There is no God before you. Purify the faith of your church, that your people place their trust in nothing beside you. Your name is holy. Guide your church, that in every situation your people’s words and actions honor your name. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

The heavens declare your glory. Renew your creation. Provide leaders in the struggle for clean air and water; protect creatures and crops that rely on healthy ecosystems; give all people the willingness to repent when our way of life pollutes the earth and skies. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Your foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Fill leaders with the foolishness of your peace and mercy. Your law defends the vulnerable. Work through legislators, judicial systems, and systems of law enforcement to protect the wellbeing and freedom of all (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Your weakness is stronger than human strength. Protect those who are vulnerable and give courage to all who are suffering (especially). Defend victims of crime and bring redemption to those who have harmed others. Give sabbath rest to all who labor. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You call us to proclaim Christ crucified. Give clarity to this congregation and our leaders, so that we might follow Christ beyond our own habits and comfort. Clear out anything in our common life that would obscure the gospel or that serves our own interests. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

The cross of Christ is your power for all who are being saved. Thank you for (Perpetua, Felicity, and) all the martyrs whose witness reveals the power of the cross. Give us the same trust in life and in death. 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.

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

OFFERING PRAYER

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.

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

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.

PREFACE

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

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.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

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.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

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.

SENDING

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • In addition to our Sunday morning services, we are also holding in-person worship services on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. 
  • There will be a fundraiser to benefit our friends at Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, Wednesday, March 10. From 4-8 p.m., 25 percent of all sales at Taco Johns in Brainerd will be donated to the organization.
  • If you or someone you know is getting married in the next year, we invite you to take a look at our pre-marriage retreat, April 16-18. You can find more information about the retreat on our website: lolbaxter.org.

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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.

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

I Am the Bread of Life

1        “I am the Bread of life.

        You who come to me shall not hunger,

        and who believe in me shall not thirst.

        No one can come to me unless the Father beckons.”

Refrain

        “And I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up on the last day.”

2        “The bread that I will give

        is my flesh for the life of the world,

        and if you eat of this bread,

        you shall live forever, you shall live forever.”  

Refrain

        “And I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up on the last day.”

3        “Unless you eat

        of the flesh of the Son of Man

        and drink of his blood,

        and drink of his blood,

        you shall not have life within you.” 

Refrain

        “And I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up on the last day.”

4        “I am the resurrection,

        I am the life.

        If you believe in me,

        even though you die, you shall live forever.” 

Refrain

        “And I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up on the last day.”

5        Yes, Lord, I believe

        that you are the Christ,

        the Son of God,

        who have come into the world. 

Refrain

        “And I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up,

        and I will raise you up on the last day.”

Text: Suzanne Toolan, RSM, b. 1927, based on John 6

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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