Midweek of Lent 2 – March 16, 2022

Midweek of Lent 2 – March 16, 2022

Service for Lent 2 Midweek

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | March 16, 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 2

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Witnesses to Christ: MALCHUS

All four Gospels record the event in Gethsemane when the ear of the high priest’s servant is cut off. Only John gives us names—Peter and Malchus. Our attention now is drawn to Gethsemane that night when Judas betrays Jesus as Peter cuts off the ear of Malchus. The chief priests, scribes, Judas, and Peter all seek power and control of the situation. Jesus—the only one with true power and authority—lays it down, as He also does with His life itself. In His resurrection, Jesus will take up His life again, reclaiming His power, control, and authority, which extends throughout the earth and heavens.

PRAYERS for Midweek of Lent 2

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For peace and salvation, for reconciliation and unity, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For endurance and encouragement, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our weak souls, that they be nourished by God’s Word and Sacraments, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For all whom God has given authority on this earth, that they use what God has given with humility in the knowledge that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For all whom God has given authority in His Church, that they might follow Christ’s example of service and love, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the Church, that God might give her days of peace and unity, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who have reason to rejoice, that God might increase their joy so that it spreads to many others, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For all those who are sick, injured, or recovering, that God might place His healing hand upon them and restore them to health, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For all those who grieve the death of loved ones, that God may comfort them with the power and hope of the resurrection to eternal life, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

HOLY GOSPEL John 18:1–11

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

When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with His disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” Judas, who betrayed Him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So He asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He. So, if you seek Me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that He had spoken: “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given Me?”

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

HYMN “Go to Dark Gethsemane” 436

Go to dark Gethsemane, 
All who feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, 
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away; 
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall, 
View the Lord of life arraigned;
Oh, the wormwood and the gall! 
Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame or loss; 
Learn from Him to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb; 
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time, 
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear Him cry; 
Learn from Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb 
Where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom. 
Who has taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes; 
Savior, teach us so to rise.

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