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March 26, 2017,  Traditional Fourth Sunday in Lent

Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.

 As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!



The Lord’s Supper is Jesus’ gift to his people given for the forgiveness of sins, to strengthen our faith, and to bless his church with unity. We believe and joyfully confess that Jesus Christ is present in, with and under the bread and wine according to his own words, “This is my body…this is my blood” (1 Cor 10.14-16). Our Lord welcomes all who trust these words, acknowledge their sin, and set aside unforgiveness toward others. God’s word also tells us that we do spiritual harm to ourselves if we do not believe that Jesus is spiritually and physically present in the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11.29). If you are not a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we ask that you speak with Pastor Greg DeMuth before receiving the Lord’s Supper. Because we care about your spiritual welfare, our Pastor would be glad to share God’s word with you: so that you can participate in this great blessing.



Welcome in the name of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family today. We ask you to sign our guest register located in the foyer or fill out a guest card letting us know how we can serve you.  If you have no church home, we invite you to make First Evangelical Lutheran your church home. Please get in touch with our Pastor for the next available new member class.


HYMNS used in today’s service: 436, 440, [430, 570, 606], 553

Divine Service Setting One LSB pg. 151





HYMN: LSB 436, Go to Dark Gethsemane



In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.




If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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


Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You 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; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.


Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.



INTROIT:  Ps. 27:4–6; antiphon: Ps. 25:15

My eyes are ever toward the Lord,

 for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:

 that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon  the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;

 he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;

 I will sing and make melody to the Lord.


 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.


My eyes are ever toward the Lord,

 for he will pluck my feet out of the net.













Let us pray. 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Be Seated


 14For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself;

 now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant.

 15I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation;

 I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools.

 16And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know,

 in paths that they have not known I will guide them.

 I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.

These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

 17They are turned back and utterly put to shame,

 who trust in carved idols who say to metal images, “You are our gods.”

  18Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see!

  19Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send?

Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the Lord?

 20He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.

 21The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.


This is the Word of Lord.

 Thanks be to God.


GRADUAL:  Heb. 12:2

[O come, let us fix our eyes on] Jesus,

 the founder and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,

 and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


EPISTLE READING:  Ephesians 5:8–14

8For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,


 “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”


This is the Word of Lord.

 Thanks be to God.



HOLY GOSPEL: John 9:1–7, 13–17, 34–39

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the Ninth chapter.



Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

1As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.


 13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”


 34They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

 35Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Be Seated

HYMN:  LSB 440, Jesus, I Will Ponder Now


SERMON:  You are Light  [Ephesians 5:8-14] Pastor Greg DeMuth




 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.


PRAYER OF THE CHURCH Congregational response ‘Amen’


Be Seated












Service of the Sacrament


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 Him thanks and praise.


It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth.  Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:




Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only Son to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. 


Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we ask you to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Help us to eat and drink in faith that Christ is truly present, and gives himself to us in bread and wine.



The Words of Our Lord:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My (+) body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My (+) blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

 Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.



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.


Pax Domini:

The peace of the Lord be with you always.



Agnus Dei:

Be Seated



The pastor and those who assist him receive the body and blood of Christ first and then distribute them to those who come to receive, saying:


Take, eat; this is the true body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given into death for your sins.


 Take, drink; this is the true blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, shed for the forgiveness of your sins.




LSB 430, My Song Is Love Unknown

LSB 570, Just as I Am, Without One Plea

LSB 606, I Lay My Sins on Jesus



Post-Communion Canticle:  Thank the Lord


Post-Communion Collect:

Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and (+) give you peace.



Be Seated

HYMN: LSB 553, O Christ, Our Hope, Our Hearts’ Desire




Acknowledgments  Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission.  Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.