The Word and Music  Series C

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT April 7th
Collect Prayer of the Day...
Almighty God, You have heard our complaints and watched us in our impatience.  Guide our hearts back to you.  Help us to think and live beyond our own wants and desires that we might become an answer to prayer and bless those around us. This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what the Lord says - who makes a way in the sea, and a path through surging waters, who brings out the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty one together (they lie down, they do not rise again; they are extinguished, quenched like a wick) - "Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. The animals of the field will honor Me, jackals and ostriches, because I provide water in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My chosen people. The people I formed for Myself will declare My praise."

Philippians 3:8-14  More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ - the righteousness from God based on faith.  My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus..


"His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God's forgiveness is not given in installments.  Joseph Prince

The Holy Gospel from St. Luke 20:9-20  Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent yet another slave, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.'  But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, 'This is the heir. Let's kill him, so the inheritance will be ours!'  So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those farmers and give the vineyard to others." But when they heard this they said, "No - never!"  But He looked at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected - this has become the cornerstone? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder!" Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. They watched closely  and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch Him in what He said, to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority..


  Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   #424  "O Christ, You Walked the Road," #532 "The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns," #430  "My Song is Love Unknown"
  Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: ","  Praise Set: "Reckless Love, Lamb of God," Special: "OSLS Fine Arts Choir," Message: "The Lion and the Lamb,"  Offering: "Yes and Amen"  and Sending: "Trading my Sorrows"


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