The Third Sunday of Lent, March 3rd, 2024
Jesus, Lord of nations, for the five thousand years since Noah, nations have waged wars and ended them. Such agreements draw lines on maps, but then leadership changes and treaties of peace rarely last twenty-five years. At Your birth, angels sang of a different kind of peace on earth. On Easter evening, You spoke of peace between God and man. You paid for everlasting peace with God through Your death for our sins on the cross. Give us the true peace of confident faith in You and knowledge of Your headship over all nations. In Your name. Amen.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading Exodus 20: 1-17
Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
Holy Gospel Mark 10: 13-16
Sermon "Come Follow Me"
The Second Sunday of Lent, February 25th, 2024
Lord Jesus, we recall the hardship You endured in order to eventually end all hardship once and for all. As we live in this time of suffering, remind us that You know our pain, Lead our hearts to repentance, that we may acknowledge our sin and turn from it. Comfort us with peace, that we may follow our Savior where He leads, even through death and into eternal life. Amen
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading Genesis 17: 1-7 & 15-16
Epistle Reading Romans 5: 1-11
Holy Gospel Mark 8: 27-38
Sermon "Confessing Jesus as the Christ"
The First Sunday of Lent, February 18th, 2024
Heavenly Father, You blessed the church with Dr. Luther, who pointed to the Word and showed that every page points to Jesus, Your Son. Keep our hearts and minds fixed on Jesus, in whom we believe by faith alone. Grant that all my work be to Your glory. Thank You for the beautiful truth of our salvation by Your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
O Lord God, You lead 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. Amen.
Old Testament Reading Genesis 22: 1-18
Epistle Reading James 1: 12-18
Holy Gospel Mark 1: 9-15
Sermon Pastor Sutton video