Midweek of Lent 1 – March 9, 2022

Midweek of Lent 1 – March 9, 2022

Service for Lent 1 Midweek

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | March 9, 2022 | Lenten Midweek Service | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 4:00 or 7:00 pm

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Lent 2022 Sermon Series graphic.

Be a witness to the Resurrection.

Watch Christ’s resurrection through the Gospel of John and each biblical figure’s point of view. As you move through each account, you, too, can begin to understand the full picture of Christ’s sacrifice for all.

Please join us each Wednesday of Lent 2022 for Pastor Mech’s sermon series — Witnesses to Christ: People from His Passion.


Midweek of Lent 1

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Witnesses to Christ: MARY, the Sister of Lazarus and Martha

Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, was a witness to Christ as recorded in John’s Gospel. As Jesus and many others are gathered for dinner, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with an ointment that was worth a year’s wages! Mary’s generosity is contrasted with Judas’s greed. Judas criticizes Mary’s generosity toward Jesus, saying that the ointment could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. But John notes something important: Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor. Judas kept the moneybag for the disciples and had been continually stealing from it. While Mary is generous toward Jesus, Judas seeks his own advantage. We remember Mary’s generosity and love, which point us to Jesus.

PRAYERS for Midweek of Lent 1

O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come to You.

O Lord God, You led 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.

Grant to us grace, O Lord, that we may not withhold any devotion from Your Son but offer Him the praise He is due and the loving service He has so generously shown to us, that rejoicing in His forgiveness and life, we may show forth this gift to others in His name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Blessed Lord, we remember before You all those in need of body and soul and pray You to deliver them from their afflictions according to Your will. Sustain them in the hour of trial and strengthen their faith with patience that they not lose heart; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

HOLY GOSPEL John 12:1–11

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twelfth chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for Him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with Him at the table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples (he who was about to betray Him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.”

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng” 813

Rejoice, O pilgrim throng!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your festal banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your king.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

With voice as full and strong
As ocean’s surging praise,
Send forth the sturdy hymns of old,
The psalms of ancient days.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

With all the angel choirs,
With all the saints on earth
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss,
True rapture, noblest mirth.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

Yet on and onward still,
With hymn and chant and song,
Through gate and porch and columned aisle
The hallowed pathways throng.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

Still lift your standard high,
Still march in firm array,
As pilgrims through the darkness wend
Till dawns the golden day.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

At last the march shall end;
The wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their home at last,
Jerusalem the blest.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing!

Δ Praise Him who reigns on high,
The Lord whom we adore:
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One God forevermore.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice,
give thanks, and sing! Amen.


Lenten Wednesdays. 4:00 and 7:00 Worship Services. In Person or Online.
Join us each Wednesday for a Lenten Service at 4:00 or 7:00 pm! “Witnesses to Christ” sermon series.

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