Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
March 11, 2018 - Fourth Sunday in Lent, Girl Scout Sunday
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

  • If you are attending via Facebook Live, please fill out the contact card at the end of today's bulletin to request a pastoral visit, join our mailing list, or update your contact information.
  • If you are attending in person, we invite you to sign in when the ushers pass around the clipboards, and to include your contact information so that we can send you a card (and Pastor can call you if you’d like).

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


Girl Scout Recognition & Welcome to Troop 4055

Please stand as you are able.

Gathering Hymn          This Is My Song            ELW 887


Confession and Forgiveness (1 John 1:8-10; John 20:23)

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

C: Amen.

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

C: 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. 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 (congregational responses in bold print)

Prayer of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray together. O God, rich in mercy,

C: 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. Amen.

Please sit for the readings.

First Reading (Assisting Minister)

Numbers 21:4-9NRSV

A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (sung by the Leader)

L: Give thanks to the LORD, for the | LORD is good,

for God's mercy en- | dures forever.

C: Let the redeemed of the | LORD proclaim

that God redeemed them from the hand | of the foe,

L: gathering them in | from the lands;

from the east and from the west, from the north and | from the south.

C: Some were fools and took re- | bellious paths;

through their sins they | were afflicted.

L: They loathed all man- | ner of food

and drew near | to death's door.

C: Then in their trouble they cried | to the LORD

and you delivered them from | their distress. 

L: You sent forth your | word and healed them

and rescued them | from the grave.

C: Let them give thanks to you, LORD, for your | steadfast love

and your wonderful works | for all people.

L: Let them offer sacrifices | of thanksgiving

and tell of your deeds with | shouts of joy.

Second Reading (Assisting Minister)

Ephesians 2:1-10NRSV

A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Please stand as you are able.

Gospel Acclamation      Great Is Thy Faithfulness       ELW 733 (v.1)

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

there is no shadow of turning with thee ;

Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;

as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

all I have needed thy hand hath provided;

great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 2nd chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Reading (Pastor)

John 3:14-17nrsv

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, O Christ.


Please sit.

Children’s Time

Sermon (click here to view Pastor's handout for this sermon)


Please stand as you are able.

Hymn of the Day   God Loved the World    ELW 323



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...and for these friends on our Prayer List:

C: JoAnne, Lois, Cecil, Betty, Tom, Ron, Carolyn, Eleanor, Ian, Rhett, Jim, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Marty, Carole, Paul, Olga, Becky, Brian, Easton,  Angela, Hannah, Brenda, Al, Vicky, Roy, and Shane.

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.

Nurtured By Christ's Meal

Please sit.

Offering          God So Loved the World          Chime Choir                  


Please stand as you are able.

Sung Offertory        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 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...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...

As often as we eat of this bread...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 wafer, 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 cups.
  3. Please remain at the rail until Pastor dismisses your “table.” 

If you prefer not to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward with your arms folded across your chest to receive a blessing.

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

  • ELW 471   Let Us Break Bread Together
  • ELW 779   Amazing Grace
  • ELW 838   Beautiful Savior
  • ELW 661   I Love to Tell the Story

  After everyone has shared Holy Communion, please stand as you are able.

Prayer after Communion

A: Let us pray. Compassionate God, you have fed us with the bread of heaven. Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage: may our fasting be hunger for justice, our alms, a making of peace, and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts; through Christ our 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          Christ, Be Our Light           ELW 715


A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God!



Copyright Notices

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

Great Is Thy Faithfulness text by Thomas O. Chisholm (c) 1923, renewed 1951 by Hope Publishing.Reproduced under OneLicense #A-715015.

Other hymns streamed under OneLicense #A-715015.

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