The Sermon ……………………………………………………. Hebrews 5:5-10

5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus – the High Priest We Need

  1. One of Us
  2. The One For Us

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Fifth Sunday In Lent

Sunday, March 22, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 242“Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound”

Liturgy (from Worship Supplement page 22)

Invocation

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

C: Amen

Confession and Absolution

P: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

C: If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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

C: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

P: Let us pray.

C: Almighty God, merciful Father, we are sinful by nature, and have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions.  But we are sorry for our transgressions and pray You, of Your bountiful mercy, to be gracious and merciful unto us. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake, renew us by Your Spirit, and lead us in the way everlasting.  Amen.

P: Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  We are forgiven.  With boldness and confidence we may approach the throne to find grace to help in time of need.  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

C: 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.

The Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 31:31-34

In the midst of all the trouble that the people of Israel were facing, the LORD gives them a vision of what He has planned for their future. He lays out the New Covenant He will make with His people, the one he makes with each of us: to make us His people, and to forgive all our sin.

The Scripture Reading – John 12:20-33

Even while He faced impending suffering and death in just a few days, Jesus kept unwavering in His path. He kept teaching everyone around Him, kept doing His Father’s will, kept walking steadily to His own death. Through all this He wasn’t concerned for Himself, but focused on our needs.

The Apostles Creed (Supplement Page 15)

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; From there 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 364 v 1-5 – “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”

The Sermon ……………………………………………………. Hebrews 5:5-10

5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus – the High Priest We Need

  1. One of Us
  2. The One For Us

“Create In Me”

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Hymn 220 – Jesus, My Great High Priest

Our Lenten Offering

Our Prayer, Lord’s Prayer and Benediction

Closing Hymn – O God, You Sent Us Jesus Christ”
Tune: TLH 148 (“Lord Jesus Christ, My Life, My Light”)

O God, You sent us Jesus Christ  Who offered up a sacrifice;
That sacrifice He came to give  Was His own life — that we might live.

Your prophets gave Your Word and tell
Of great high priests who served You well:
Melchizadek and Aaron, too,  Were known for gladly serving You.

Yet Christ our Lord was greater still;  In every way He sought Your will.
He knew Your way and heard Your call  To give His life, a gift for all.

Christ saw the trouble we were in  And came to save us from our sin.
With tears and cries, He offered prayer,  Then died for people everywhere.

He gave His life to save the rest,  And through His gift we’ve all been blessed.
May we, who see what He has done,  Now live to serve Your risen Son.

Biblical Reference: Hebrews 5:5-10 A hymn for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Printed with permission.

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