FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT                                                  February 21, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE: LSB DS3, p. 184

THE HYMNS: 707, 657, 718

THE SERMON TEXT: Genesis 22:1-18

 

OPENING HYMN: “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways” (LSB 707)

 

Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways

To keep His statues still!

Oh, that my God would grant me grace

To know and do His will!

 

Order my footsteps by Thy Word

And make my heart sincere;

Let sin have no dominion, Lord,

But keep my conscience clear.

 

Assist my soul, too apt to stray,

A stricter watch to keep;

And should I e’er forget Thy way,

Restore Thy wand’ring sheep.

 

Make me to walk in Thy commands

‘Tis a delightful road

Nor let my head or heart or hands

Offend against my God.

 

[Stand]

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

 

[The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.]

 

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen

 

P: Beloved in the Lord!  Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

 

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord

C: who made heaven and earth.

 

P: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C: and You forgave the iniquity of my sins.

 

[Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.]

 

P: O almighty God, merciful Father,

C: I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment.  But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

[Stand]

 

THE INTROIT (all) Psalm 13:3-5; Antiphon: Psalm 13:6

 

When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;  I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.          

 

GLORIA PATRI ~ Glory be to the Father (Sung)

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

KYRIE ~ Lord Have Mercy (Sung)

 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with thy spirit.

 

P: Let us pray. O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

[Sit]

 

BOOK OF CONCORD: Solid Declaration Article IV: Good Works

 

"The one who endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13). Also, "For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end" (Hebrews 3:14). We must explain well how righteousness and salvation are preserved in us, lest salvation be lost again.

This false Epicurean delusion is to be rebuked and rejected: some imagine that faith, and the righteousness and salvation that they have received, cannot be lost through sins or wicked deeds, not even through willful and intentional ones. They imagine that a Christian retains faith, God's grace, righteousness, and salvation even though he indulges his wicked lusts without fear and shame, resists the Holy Spirit, and purposely engages in sins against conscience.

Against this deadly delusion the following true, unchangeable, divine threats and severe punishments and warnings should be repeated often and impressed upon Christians who are justified through faith:

Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers … will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21; see also Ephesians 5:5)

If you live according to the flesh you will die. (Romans 8:13)

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 22:1-18

 

1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

 

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

 

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE READING: James 1:12-18

 

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

 

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C. Thanks be to God.

 

[Stand]

 

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter

C (Sung): Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL: Mark 1:9-15

 

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

 

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

 

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

 

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C (Sung):  Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

 

[Sit]

 

HYMN OF THE DAY: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (LSB 657)

 

A mighty fortress is our God,

A sword and shield victorious;

He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod

And wins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe

Has sworn to work us woe.

With craft and dreadful might

He arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

 

No strength of ours can match his might.

We would be lost, rejected.

But now a champion comes to fight,

Whom God Himself elected.

You ask who this may be?

The Lord of hosts Is He,

Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,

God’s only Son, adored.

He holds the field victorious.

 

Though hordes of devils fill the land

All threat’ning to devour us,

We tremble not, unmoved we stand;

They cannot over pow’r us.

Let this world’s tyrant rage;

In battle we’ll engage.
His might is doomed to fail;

God’s judgment must prevail!

One little word subdues him.

 

God’s Word forever shall abide,

No thanks to foes, who fear it;

For God Himself fights by our side

With weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house,

Goods, honor, child, or spouse,

Though life be wrenched away,

They cannot win the day.

The Kingdom’s ours forever!

 

SERMON

 

[Stand]

 

APOSTLES' CREED

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

            The third day He rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven

            and sits and the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

            From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

            the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

 

After each petition:

P: Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer

 

LORD'S PRAYER

 

BENEDICTION

 

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

C: Amen. Amen. Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN: “Jesus, Lead Thou On” (LSB 718)

 

Jesus, lead Thou on till our rest is won;

And although the way be cheerless,

We will follow calm and fearless.

Guide us by Thy hand to our fatherland.

 

If the way be drear, if the foe be near,

Let not faithless fears o’er take us;

Let not faith and hope forsake us;

For through many a woe To our home we go.

 

When we seek relief from a long felt grief,

When temptations come alluring,

Make us patient and enduring.

Show us that bright shore Where we weep no more.

 

Jesus, lead Thou on till our rest s won.

Heav’nly leader, still direct us,

Still support, console, protect us,

Till we safely stand In our fatherland.