29 March 2020 — 5th Sunday in Lent

A Divine Service of the Word for Home Use

Hymn of Invocation #578 “Thy Strong Word”







5.     Give us lips to sing Thy glory,
   Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim,
Throats that shout the hope that fills us,
   Mouths to speak Thy holy name.
Alleluia, alleluia!
   May the light which Thou dost send
Fill our songs with alleluias,
   Alleluias without end!

D        6.   God the Father, light-creator,
   To Thee laud and honor be.
To Thee, Light of Light begotten,
   Praise be sung eternally.
Holy Spirit, light-revealer,
   Glory, glory be to Thee.
Mortals, angels, now and ever
   Praise the holy Trinity!

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Confession and Declaration of Grace


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.

Exhortation        LSB 184

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 sin.


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

Confession of Sins        LSB 184

P        Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C        O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Grace        LSB 185

P        Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.

Grant this, Lord, unto us all.

C        Amen.


Service of the Word

Introit        Psalm 43:3–5; antiphon: vv. 1–2a

             Vindicate me, | O God,*
        and defend my cause against an ungodly
| people,
from the deceitful and unjust man de-
| liver me!*
        For you are the God in whom I take
| refuge.
Send out your light and your truth; let them
| lead me;*
        let them bring me to your holy hill and to your
| dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my ex-
| ceeding joy,*
        and I will praise you with the lyre, O
| God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil with-
| in me?*
        Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
| and my God.
Vindicate me,
| O God,*
        and defend my cause against an ungodly
| people,
from the deceitful and unjust man de-
| liver me!*
        For you are the God in whom I take
| refuge.

Gloria Patri        LSB 186



Kyrie        LSB 186



Salutation and Collect of the Day

P        The Lord be with you.

C        And with thy spirit.

P        Let us pray.   Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C        Amen.


Old Testament Reading        Genesis 22:1–14

        1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2He 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.” 3So 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. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then 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.” 6And 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. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

        9When 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. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He 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.” 13And 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. 14So 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.”

A        This is the Word of the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God.

Proper        Psalm 143:9a, 10a; 18:48a, c

              Deliver me from my enemies, | O Lord!*
        Teach me to do your will, for you
| are my God!
[You] delivered me from my
| enemies;*
        you rescued me from the man of
| violence.

Epistle        Hebrews 9:11–15

        11When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

        15Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

A        This is the Word of the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God.


Holy Gospel        John 8:46–59

P        The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter.

C        Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

        46“Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

        48The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

P        This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C        Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

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 at 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.


Hymn 668 Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You








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Sermon  “Jesus, The Mediator of a New Covenant!”(Hebrews 9:11-15)


P        The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

C        Amen.


Offertory        LSB 192






Prayer of the Church

P        Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Brief silence

For all the baptized, that we would be led by the light and truth of God’s Word to see, with Father Abraham, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He went uncomplaining forth to the cross to suffer and die in our place and make atonement for all our sins, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For the men who have been called and ordained to serve Christ’s Church in His stead and by His command, that they would be blessed with faithfulness as they carry out all their duties, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For our partner churches around the world with whom we share altar and pulpit fellowship, that they would be kept steadfast in the saving doctrine of the blessed apostles drawn from the Word of God, and that they would be blessed in their endeavors to share that saving doctrine with their communities, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For the gift of family, let us give thanks to the Lord; that the Lord would bless all families, protect them from harm and evil, give them hearts of love for one another, and provide for all their needs, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For all those who have been placed in authority over us, that they would serve with integrity and honor, seeking to promote the common welfare of all, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For all who suffer in body and soul, [especially those who have requested our prayers, including ___________,] that they would be blessed with patience and strength, and that they would receive healing and restoration in accordance with the Lord’s will, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For those who come to the holy hill of the altar today to feast upon the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, that they would approach with reverence and awe and be filled with exceeding joy as they receive the forgiveness of their sins and the strengthening of their faith, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        For all the saints who have gone before us and now reside in heavenly bliss, let us give thanks to the Lord; that we would be kept in the faith and, with them, receive the crown of glory as we enter into the life of the world to come when Christ returns on the Last Day, let us pray to the Lord:

C        Lord, have mercy.


P        Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C        Amen.


Lord’s Prayer        LSB 196

    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.


Collect During an Epidemic

A        Let us pray.  Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the epidemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C        Amen.

Benedicamus        LSB 202

A        Bless we the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God.

Benediction        LSB 202

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.


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Pastor Jeffery Warner

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

301 Alma Street, P.O. Box 59

Laurel, Nebraska 68745

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