Worship: Lent 3B (March 4, 2018)

Worship audio from March 4, Lent 3B.  

Bulletin here or below:

Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes!  We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all.  Come, let us worship!

For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place.  The restrooms are located on the lower level.  Please ask if you have any further questions or concerns.  

Lord Jesus, zeal for your Father’s house consumed you.  May that same fervor consume us also, who are your spiritual dwelling through faith, that we may offer the   AMEN.

Faith & Forgiveness:

People are also warned that the term faith does not mean simply a knowledge of a history, such as the ungodly and devil have [James 2:19]. Rather, it means a faith that believes, not merely the history, but also the effect of the history. In other words, it believes this article: the forgiveness of sins. We have grace, righteousness, and forgiveness of sins through Christ.

The person who knows that he has a Father who is gracious to him through Christ truly knows God [John 14:7]. He also knows that God cares for him [1 Peter 5:7], and he calls upon God [Romans 10:13]. In a word, he is not without God, as are the heathen.  For devils and the ungodly are not able to believe this article: the forgiveness of sins. Hence, they hate God as an enemy [Romans 8:7] and do not call Him [Romans 3:11–12] and expect no good from Him. 26 Augustine also warns his readers about the word faith and teaches that the term is used in the Scriptures, not for the knowledge that is in the ungodly, but for the confidence that consoles and encourages the terrified mind.

Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article 1  (Concordia p. 43)


Because He Knew: He Put His House in Order

Jesus knew all along he was going to die. That was the eternal plan of the Father, that the holy Son of God would suffer and die for a world of sinners. ...

In preparation for that day, Jesus cleansed the Temple during Holy Week, just as he did at the beginning of his ministry.
How does the cleansing of the Temple guide our Christian lives & work today?


OPENING HYMN: 401 – Your Works, Not Mine, O Christ

LITURGY: Common Service with Holy Communion, p. 15
Please rise.


M: Almighty God, look with favor on your humble servants and stretch out the right hand of your power to defend us against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C: Amen.

The Word

FIRST READING: Exodus 20:1-17

The Law, given by the LORD our God, demands perfect obedience:

Then God spoke all these words: 

2I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, where you were slaves. 

3You shall have no other gods beside me. 4You shall not make any carved image for yourself or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. 5Do not bow down to them or be subservient to them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God. I follow up on the guilt of the fathers with their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren, if they also hate me. 6But I show mercy to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.                         

7You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not permit anyone who misuses his name to escape unpunished. 

8Remember the Sabbath day by setting it apart as holy. 9Six days you are to serve and do all your regular work, 10but the seventh day shall be a sabbath rest to the LORD your God. Do not do any regular work, neither you, nor your sons or daughters, nor your male or female servants, nor your cattle, nor the alien who is residing inside your gates, 11for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. In this way the LORD blessed the seventh day and made it holy. 

12Honor your father and your mother so that you may spend many days on the land that the LORD your God is giving to you. 

13You shall not commit murder. 

14You shall not commit adultery. 

15You shall not steal. 

16You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor. 

This is the Word of the Lord.   
Thanks be to God!

SECOND READING: Romans 8:1-10

The flesh has no strength to free itself from the condemnations of God’s law; but through Christ, God proclaims freedom:

So then, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3Indeed, what the law was unable to do, because it was weakened by the flesh, God did, when he sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to deal with sin. God condemned sin in his flesh, 4so that the righteous decree of the law would be fully satisfied in us who are not walking according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. 

5To be sure, those who are in harmony with the sinful flesh think about things the way the sinful flesh does, and those in harmony with the spirit think about things the way the spirit does. 6Now, the way the sinful flesh thinks results in death, but the way the spirit thinks results in life and peace. 7For the mindset of the sinful flesh is hostile to God, since it does not submit to God’s law, and in fact, it cannot. 8Those who are in the sinful flesh cannot please God. 

9But you are not in the sinful flesh but in the spirit, if indeed God’s Spirit lives in you. And if someone does not have the Spirit of Christ, that person does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 

THEME VERSE: John 3:14-15

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING: John 2:13-22

Jesus is serious about his Word, his dwelling-place, and what goes on there:

Glory be to you, O Lord!

13The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 

14In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and money changers sitting at tables. 15He made a whip of cords and drove everyone out of the temple courts, along with the sheep and oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those selling doves he said, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a place of business!” 

17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 

18So the Jews responded, “What sign are you going to show us to prove you can do these things?” 

19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” 

20The Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! And you are going to raise it in three days?” 21But Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When Jesus was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and what Jesus had said. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Praise be to you, O Christ!

HYMN OF THE DAY: 456 – Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go

SERMON based on John 2: Jesus Promises to Keep Setting His House in Order

CONFESSION OF FAITH: Nicene Creed, p. 31



The sacrament

For our Holy Communion practice, please see the purple sheet in the pew racks.


DISTRIBUTION HYMN: 532 – God is Here! As We His People


CLOSING HYMN: 530 – Hark! The Church Proclaims Her Honor



Today        2 Samuel 2

        9:30 - Lent 3 Worship with Holy Communion

        10:45 - Sunday School, Bible class

Monday    2 Samuel 3

Tuesday    2 Samuel 4

        7 PM - CAP Class (Faith, Conversion)

Wednesday    2 Samuel 5

        5-6 PM - Small Catechism Class 

        6-6:45 PM - Lenten Supper

        7 PM - Midweek Lenten Worship

Thursday    2 Samuel 6

        6 PM - Choir

Friday        2 Samuel 7

Saturday    2 Samuel 8

        9:30 AM - Bible Basics (Egg Bake...?)

Sunday    2 Samuel 9

        “Thank God for Coffee!” Sunday
        9:30 - Lent 4 Worship

        10:45 - Sunday School & Bible Class (Medical Directives & POA for Health Care)


Midweek Lenten services continue - 6 PM meal, 7 PM worship.

Catechism class 5-6 PM Wednesday.

Rev. Curt Seefeldt will preach next Sunday & speak during Bible class on the topic of advance medical directives & Power of Attorney for Health Care.


Looking Ahead to Next Sunday:

Theme Lent 4: Because He Knew, He Promised Salvation through Faith
Color Purple

Liturgy Service of the Word, p.38
Hymns 381, 427, 384, 748; CW Psalm 90

Readings from John 3, Numbers 21, Ephesians 2
Verse of the Day John 3:16

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