Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
March 17, 2019 - Second Sunday in Lent
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

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We celebrate Holy Communion in worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome for Communion—read the "Invitation to Holy Communion section  to learn more.


We have weekly education programs for all ages after worship, including Sunday School (age 3+), Confirmation (7th & 8th grade), Youth Group (middle/high school), and Adult Forum.


 

"Need to Know" Information

Restrooms (all handicapped-accessible):

  • Located down the hall from the church office (women’s first, then men’s).


Child and Family Needs—in Fireside Room (entry area):

  • Children are welcome in worship! The small table has crayons and coloring books if your little ones need to keep their hands busy!
  • Our Family Room (next to the TV) offers a baby changing table and space for nursing or other family needs during the service!


Hearing Assistance:

  • You can your set hearing aid to “T” to use our T-coil hearing loop.
  • Other hearing assistance devices are available as well—please ask an usher if you would like to use one.

 

God’s Mission for Trinity: Welcome. Nurture. Serve.

  • In order to put Christ first, we WELCOME people into the church, inviting them to receive the love and grace of Jesus so they may know themselves as children of God.
  • We NURTURE people in faith to support their learning and growth as followers of Jesus.
  • We send people out to SERVE people in emotional, spiritual, and physical need in the congregation, the community, and the world.
Welcoming & Gathering

Prelude

 


Welcome & Announcements

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  • NEW for Kids: Learn about the Bible with interactive games, word searches, and puzzles you can play on a phone through Bible Activities Zone! (Please be polite and turn off the sound if you are sitting in church, though!)



Please stand as you are able.



Gathering Hymn   “The God of Abraham Praise” (v. 1-4)   ELW 831

Confession and Forgiveness (John 20:23)

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

C:  Amen.


P:  God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 

C: Amen.

 

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. (A brief silence.) Gracious God,   

C: we have wandered far from your home; again and again, we lose our way. We turn inward, afraid of the world around us. We forget that you have saved your people before and promise to do so again. Do not remember the deeds of our past, but turn our faces toward the future, where your forgiveness is sure, your welcome is clear, and your love overflows. Amen.


P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake, God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

 

Apostolic Greeting (2 Corinthians 13:13)

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.



Kyrie

Nurtured By God's Word

Prayer of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray together. God of the covenant, 

C: in the mystery of the cross you promise everlasting life to the world. Gather all peoples into your arms, and shelter us with your mercy, that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen



First Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

(Summary: God promises a childless and doubting Abram that he will have a son, that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, and that the land of Canaan will be their inheritance. Abram's trust in God is sealed with a covenant-making ceremony, a sign of God's promise.)


A: After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lordcame to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.


Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.


As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 


Psalm 27 (sung to the tune below)

A: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then | shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I | be afraid?

C: When evildoers close in against me to de- | vour my flesh,

they, my foes and my enemies, will stum- | ble and fall.

A: Though an army encamp against me, my heart | will not fear.

Though war rise up against me, my trust will | not be shaken.

C: One thing I ask of the LORD; one | thing I seek;

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 seek God | in the temple.

A: For in the day of trouble God will | give me shelter,

hide me in the hidden places of the sanctuary, and raise me high up- | on a rock.

C: Even now my head is lifted up above my enemies | who surround me.

Therefore I will offer sacrifice in the sanctuary, sacrifices of rejoicing; I will sing and make music | to the LORD.

A: Hear my voice, O LORD, | when I call;

have mercy on me and | answer me.

C: My heart speaks your message— | "Seek my face."

Your face, O LORD, | I will seek.

A: Hide not your face from me, turn not away from your ser- | vant in anger.

Cast me not away—you have been my helper; forsake me not, O God of | my salvation.

C: Though my father and my moth- | er forsake me,

the LORD will | take me in.

A: Teach me your | way, O LORD;

lead me on a level path, because of | my oppressors.

C: Subject me not to the will | of my foes,

for they rise up against me, false witnesses | breathing violence.

A: This I believe—that I will see the goodness | of the LORD

in the land | of the living!

C: Wait for the LORD | and be strong.

Take heart and wait | for the LORD!



Second Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

(Summary: Although Paul's devotion to Christ has caused him to be persecuted, he does not regret the course he has taken. Writing from prison, he expresses confidence in a glorious future and encourages other Christians to follow in his footsteps.)


A: Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.


Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 


Please stand as you are able.



Gospel Acclamation "Words of Grace"

GOSPEL: Luke 13:31-35

(Summary: Neither Herod's plotting nor Jerusalem's resistance to love will deter Jesus from his sacrificial mission)


P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 13th chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.


P: At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus], “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”


P: The Gospel of the Lord.               

C: Praise to you, O Christ.


 

Please sit.



Children's Time & Sermon


 

Please stand as you are able. 



Hymn of the Day     “How Firm a Foundation”        ELW 796   

Profession of Faith (Apostles' Creed)

C:   I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the Church (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Each section of the prayers ends:

A: Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

     

When we get to this part, please join in reading the names in bold:

A: Today, we pray especially for...these friends on our Prayer List:

C: JoAnne, Lois, Cecil, Pat, Dave, Ron, Eleanor, Florence, Karen, Ian, Kirk, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Carole, Paul, Brian, Susan, Brenda, Adrienne, Alice, Tim, Evan, Mary, Lori, Valerie, Boomer, and Angie.


At the conclusion of the prayers:

P: Into your hands…through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.



Sharing of the Peace (John 14:27, 20:19-21; Matthew 5:23-24)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.



Please sit.

Nurtured By Christ's Meal

Offering               

  

 

Please stand as you are able.



Sung Offertory  (Psalm 51:10-12)      “Create in Me a Clean Heart”

Offertory Prayer

A: Let us pray. Merciful God, receive the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving and the offering of our lives, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the joy of the resurrection; through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.




Great Thanksgiving

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P:   It is indeed right...we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 


Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 118:26, Mark 11:9-10)

Eucharistic Prayer (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

P:   Blessed are you, O God of the universe...

      In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread...

      Again, after supper, he took the cup...holy Trinity, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

 

Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

C: 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 today our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For  thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Please sit.



Lamb of God (John 1:29)

Invitation to Holy Communion

If you are visiting today, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion.


Please come forward when the usher comes to your row. (If you are unable to come forward, please tell the usher, and the servers will come to you.)


We will receive Holy Communion in “tables” today.

  1. You may kneel or stand at the Communion rail.
  2. Pastor will give you the bread, and then you may either drink wine from the first Communion Assistant’s cup or to dip your bread in wine (red) or grape juice (white) from the second Communion Assistant’s cup.
  3. Please remain at the rail until Pastor dismisses your “table.” 


All are invited to sing the following hymns while Communion is distributed:

  • ELW 471   “Let Us Break Bread Together” 
  • ELW 611   “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” 
  • ELW 689   “Praise and Thanksgiving” 
  • ELW 556   “Morning Has Broken” 




Please stand as you are able.



Prayer after Communion

A: Let us pray. Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days, drawing us closer to you in this time of fasting. Lead us in a purposeful adventure for spiritual growth, and renew us in the enduring power of baptism in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C:  Amen.

Sending Us Out to Serve

Please stand as you are able.



Benediction (Numbers 6:24-25)

P: 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,

in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen



Sending Hymn           “This Time of Fasting”

Dismissal

A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God!

 


Postlude




Copyright Notices

Service words & music reproduced and streamed under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SBL-14744.


Words of Grace and This Time of Fasting texts by Micah Garnett, reproduced with permission of the author. Tunes are in the public domain.



Other hymns streamed under OneLicense #A-715015.

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