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Grace Lutheran Church
Lenten Worship in Our Homes
Lent in Our Homes 2021
Friends in Christ, with the whole church we enter the  time of remembering Jesus' Passover from death to life, and  our life in Christ is renewed.
We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God's mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus' death and resurrection
 Ashes will be available at Grace Lutheran Church from 7:00—10:00 am and again from 4:00-6:00 pm.  You may come into the church to receive ashes or they will be brought out to your car (park in front of the church doors and honk your horn)
There will be an evening Ash Wednesday service at 7PM at Faith Lutheran, Venus.
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On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation.” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world
Confession for Ash Wednesday
Most holy and merciful Father:
      We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
      We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
      Have mercy on us, Lord.
      We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
      Have mercy on us, Lord.
      We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness. The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives,
      we confess to you, Lord.
      Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
      we confess to you, Lord.
      Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
      we confess to you, Lord.
      Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
      we confess to you, Lord.
      Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
       we confess to you, Lord.
      Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done. For our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
      accept our repentance, Lord.
      For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
      accept our repentance, Lord.
      For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
      accept our repentance, Lord.
      Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us.
      Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great. Amen
      (You may mark yourself/each other with a cross using these words: :”You are dust and to dust you shall return. Remember your baptism, and live.”)
      Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation,
      that we may show forth your glory in the world.
      By the cross and Passion of your Son, our Lord,
      bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
      Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, does not desire the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live. Therefore we implore him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, that the rest of our life may be pure and holy, and that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
PRAYER OF THE DAY and Readings
Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
C         Amen
 First Reading: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Prayers of Intercession
Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.
A brief silence.
O God, you call your church to be ministers of reconciliation throughout the world. Inspire your church in its proclamation of the gospel and guide its ministries to build up the body of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
O God, you desire peace. Direct governments and leaders to work for the well-being of all people and raise up advocates to speak and serve on behalf of the downtrodden. Lord, in your mercy.
hear our prayer.
O God, you are our hope in the midst of despair, our help in the midst of sorrow, and our consolation in the midst of affliction. Grant comfort to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit (especially) and support caregivers who attend to all in need. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
O God, you are love, and you call us to love one another. Accompany with your grace those journeying toward baptism and call us all to repentance as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
O God, you are our life and our salvation. We give you thanks for the righteous who have died in faith. Inspire us by their example to proclaim your steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
 Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.    Amen.
Keeping a Holy Lent in Our Homes-Daily Prayer
Behold, now is the acceptable time;
now is the day of salvation.
Turn us again, O God of our salvation,
that the light of your face may shine on us.
May your justice shine like the sun;
and may the poor be lifted up.
Lord, have mercy.                            
Christ, have mercy.              
Lord, have mercy.    
We will be reading through Mark’s Gospel during the weekdays of Lent.  A reading of the gospel in its entirety is available online at:
https://youtu.be/JjOgcMQXvSc (I urge you to listen to this for a new perspective)
February 18     Mark 1:1-20
February 19     Mark 1:21-34
February 20     Mark 1:35-45
February 22     Mark 2:1-12
February 23     Mark 2:13-28
February 24     Mark 3:1-6
February 25     Mark 3:7-19
February 26     Mark 3:20-35
February 27     Mark 4:1-34
March 1           Mark 4:35-41
March 2           Mark 5:1-20
March 3           Mark 5:21–43
March 4           Mark 6:1-29
March 5           Mark 6:30-56
March 6           Mark 7:1-23
March 8           Mark 7:24-37
March 9           Mark 8:1-26
March 10         Mark 8:27-38
March 11         Mark 9:1-29
March 12         Mark 9:30-49
March 13         Mark 10:1-31
March 15         Mark 10:32-52
March 16         Mark 11:1-11
March 17         Mark 11:12-33
March 18         Mark 12:1-17
March 19         Mark 12:18-44
March 20         Mark 13:1-37
March 22         Mark 14:1-11
March 23         Mark 14:12-31
March 24         Mark 14:32-72
March 25         Mark 15:1-15
March 26         Mark 15:16-32
March 27         Mark 15:33-47
Gospel Canticle
Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
For you, Lord, are a great God,
and a great ruler above all gods.
Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
the heights of the hills are also yours.
The sea is yours, for you made it;
and your hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
For the Lord is our God,
and we are the people of God’s pasture
and the sheep of God’s hand.
Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Mighty God of mercy, we thank you for the resurrection dawn, bringing the glory of our risen Lord who makes every day new.
Especially we thank you—
for the sustaining goodness of your creation . . .
for the new creation in Christ and all gifts of healing and forgiveness . . .
for the gifts of relationship with others . . .
for the communion of faith in your church . . .
Other thanksgivings may be added.
Merciful God of might, renew this weary world, heal the hurts of all your children, and bring about your peace for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord.
Especially we pray—
for those who govern nations of the world . . .
         for the people in countries ravaged by strife or warfare . . .
for all who work for peace and international harmony . . .
for all who strive to save the earth from carelessness and          destruction . . .
for the church of Jesus Christ in every land . . .
Other intercessions may be added.
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us bless the Lord.  Thanks be to God.
Pastor Jake will continue to provide Meditations on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  A link will be sent to you if you are on the e-mail list (contact Pastor Deborah debjake7755@gmail.com to get on the list).  They are also available on Facebook on both Jake Jacobson and Grace Lutheran Church pages.
In addition Pastor Jake and Janice Grunenwald will be offering video recordings of Lenten Vespers each Wednesday evening.  You may connect as above.
There will be no in-person Midweek Lenten Services.
Sundays in Lent
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Thanksgiving for Baptism
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation. 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.
Water may be poured into a bowl.
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.
Lord, have mercy: Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy: Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy: Lord, have mercy.
Prayer of the Day
February 21    Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
February 28  O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
March 7          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.
March 14        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.
March 21        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.
February 21        First Sunday in Lent
                        Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
February 28               Second Sunday in Lent
                        Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-3; ; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
March 7          Third Sunday in Lent
                        Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
March 14        Fourth Sunday in Lent
                        Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10;    John 3:14-21
 March 21       Fifth Sunday in Lent
                        Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12;Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
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.
Prayers of Intercession
Almighty and everlasting God, you are worthy to be held in reverence by all the mortal race. We give you thanks for the innumerable blessings which, despite our unworthiness, you have showered upon us.
We praise you especially that you have preserved for us in their purity your saving Word and the sacred ordinances of your house. Grant and preserve to your Church throughout the world purity of doctrine and faithful pastors who shall preach your Word with power, and help all who hear rightly to understand and firmly to believe your Word of truth.
Protect and defend your people in time of tribulation and danger, that we, in communion with your Church and in unity with all Christian people, may fight the good fight of faith and in the end receive the fullness of salvation.
Upon all the nations of the earth bestow your grace. Especially we ask you to bless our land and all its inhabitants and all who are in authority. Cause your glory to dwell among us, and let mercy and truth, justice and peace everywhere prevail. We commend to your care all our schools, that virtue and useful knowledge may be nourished and the wholesome fruits of life may abound.
In you mercy defend us from all calamities by fire and water, from war and pestilence, from scarcity and famine. Protect and prosper all who labor, and cause all useful arts to flourish among us. Show yourself to be the helper of the sick and needy, the comforter of the forsaken and distressed.
Accept, we pray, our bodies and souls, our hearts and minds, our talents and powers, together with these gifts, as our offering of praise.
And as we are strangers and pilgrims on earth, help us to prepare for the world to come, doing the work which you have given us to do while it is day, before that night comes when no one can work. And, when our last hour shall come, support us by your power and receive us into your everlasting kingdom, where, with your Son our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign, God forever.  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.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.
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