Wednesday, March 25 - Midweek Lent Devotion - "Sacrifices to the Sacrifice"
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Midweek Lenten Online Service
"Sacrifices to the Sacrifice: Shadow to Reality"
Online Worship Notes & Preparation:
- Find a place in your home where you are most free from distractions. Put all phones on silent and turn off the TV.
- The verses and prayes could be read silently, by one person, or in unison.
- Load the YouTube video below and hit “pause” as soon as it starts. This will eliminate distracting ads when you get to that part of the service.
- Load the devotional video so that it is ready to play when you get to that part of the service.
- Encourage everyone present to pause for a moment in private prayer and quietness. Afterward pray the following prayer:
"Lord Jesus, be with us this evening and strengthen us by your Word. Open our ears and fill our hearts with trust in your eternal promises. Remove all distractions, doubts, and fears we worship and praise your holy name. Amen."
The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.
Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over. (Luke 24:29)
The Lord says, "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
Your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always. (Isaiah 58:10,11)
Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. (Isaiah 60:20)
On no day will the gates of the Holy City ever be shut, for there will be no night there. (Revelation 21:25)
Lord God, you have brought us safely to this hour of evening prayer. We thank you for providing all that we need for body and life. Bless us who have gathered in your name. Forgive our sins. Speak to our hearts. Dispel our sorrows with the comfort of your Word, and receive our hymns of thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ, our living Savior, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Note: Participants are invited to follow along in prayer or even sing along in praise.
LESSON - Hebrews 10:1-14
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Offerings may be given on-line at LSavior.org/support, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who watch or work or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, pity the afflicted, soothe the suffering, bless the dying— all for your love’s sake. Amen.
LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day. Forgive me all my sins, and graciously keep me this night. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ †, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)