Return From Betrayal | Lent Midweek 2 | March 3, 2021

Return From Betrayal | Lent Midweek 2 | March 3, 2021

Worship Service for Midweek of Lent 2

Rev. Gregory Mech | March 3, 2021 | Midweek of Lent 2 | Lenten Worship Service | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 7:00 pm

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Lent 2021 has begun. Join us for our 7:00 Wednesday Midweek Services leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Return To The Lord!

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Join us each Wednesday of Lent 2021 — Return To The Lord

In the Transfiguration hymn “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory,” hymnwriter Thomas Troeger portrays the days of the Lord’s Passion as that time when Jesus’ disciples are to be “following the Savior Through the valley to the cross and . . . testing faith’s resilience Through betrayal, pain, and loss” (LSB 416:2). The weekly reading of the Gospel account of Holy Week reveals how the disciples do and do not meet the challenges of following their Lord. The witness of Scripture also shows how in every situation Jesus remains faithful to His own even in the face of betrayal, pain, and loss. The season of Lent gives us the opportunity to reflect on our discipleship and to test the resiliency of our faith as well.

March 3, 2021 — Midweek of Lent 2

HYMN “O Love, How Deep” 436: 1-4

O love, how deep, how broad, how high,
Beyond all thought and fantasy,
That God, the Son of God, should take
Our mortal form for mortals’ sake!

He sent no angel to our race,
Of higher or of lower place,
But wore the robe of human frame,
And to this world Himself He came.

For us baptized, for us He bore
His holy fast and hungered sore;
For us temptation sharp He knew,
For us the tempter overthrew.

For us He prayed, for us He taught;
For us His daily works He wrought,
By words and signs and actions thus
Still seeking not Himself but us.


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

OPENING SENTENCES Joel 2:13; Titus 2:13b–14; 2 Timothy 2:11, 13

Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

Jesus Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness
and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.

The saying is trustworthy for: If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
if we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.


Let us make our confession to our God, seeking His grace and forgiveness. Together we sing stanzas 1 and 2 of the hymn “Lord, to You I Make Confession.”

HYMN “Lord, to You I Make Confession” 608: 1-2

Lord, to You I make confession:
I have sinned and gone astray, 
I have multiplied transgression,
Chosen for myself my way.
Led by You to see my errors,
Lord, I tremble at Your terrors.

Yet, though conscience’ voice appall me,
Father, I will seek Your face;
Though Your child I dare not call me,
Yet receive me in Your grace. 
Do not for my sins forsake me;
Let Your wrath not overtake me.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all your sins.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.


Let us pray.
O God, who gives strength to the weak and light to those who are in darkness, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, that through Him we may know You. By Your Spirit, direct our lives so that we never betray our Lord or turn away from following Him throughout our lives. This we ask through Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior.

FIRST READING 2 Samuel 15:12; 17:1–4

A reading from Second Samuel, the fifteenth and seventeenth chapters.

And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing.

Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. I will strike down only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.” And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM Psalm 41

Blessèd is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;

the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessèd in the land; You do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health.

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against You!”

My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?”

And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.

All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.”

Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

But You, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!

By this I know that You delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.

But You have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in Your presence forever.

Blessèd be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!

Amen and Amen.

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.


A reading from Acts, the third chapter.

“But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And His name—by faith in His name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.”

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN “O Love, How Deep” 544: 5-7

For us by wickedness betrayed,
For us in crown of thorns arrayed,
He bore the shameful cross and death;
For us He gave His dying breath.

For us He came from death again;
For us He went on high to reign;
For us He sent His Spirit here
To guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

All glory to our Lord and God
For love so deep, so high, so broad;
The Trinity whom we adore
Forever and forevermore.

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.

SERMON HYMN “My Song Is Love Unknown” 430: 1,2,5,7

My song is love unknown, 
My Savior’s love to me,
Love to the loveless shown 
That they might lovely be.
Oh, who am I That for my sake
My Lord should take Frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
But, oh, my friend, My friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful He To suffering goes
That He His foes From thence might free.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine!
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend In whose sweet praise
I all my days Could gladly spend!


SERMON RESPONSE “Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord” 778

Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord;
Peace in our time, O send us!
For there is none on earth but You,
None other to defend us.
You only, Lord, can fight for us. Amen.


O Lord,
have mercy.
O Christ,
have mercy.
O Lord,
have mercy.

O Christ,
hear us.

God the Father in heaven,
have mercy.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy.

Be gracious to us.
Spare us, good Lord.
Be gracious to us.
Help us, good Lord.

From all sin, from all error, from all evil;
From the crafts and assaults of the devil; from sudden and evil death;
From pestilence and famine; from war and bloodshed; from sedition and from rebellion;
From lightning and tempest; from all calamity by fire and water; and from everlasting death:
Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of Your holy incarnation; by Your holy nativity;
By Your Baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial;
By Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter:
Help us, good Lord.

In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the Day of Judgment:
Help us, good Lord.

We poor sinners implore You
to hear us, O Lord.

To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to sustain them in holy living;
To put an end to all schisms and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived;
To beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit:
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

To raise those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; and to comfort and help the weakhearted and the distressed:
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

To give to all peoples concord and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to give our country Your protection in every time of need;
To direct and defend our [president/queen/king] and all in authority; to bless and protect our magistrates and all our people;
To watch over and help all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to protect and guide all who travel;
To grant all women with child, and all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness in their blessings; to defend all orphans and widows and provide for them;
To strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and to have mercy on us all:
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers and to turn their hearts; to give and preserve for our use the kindly fruits of the earth; and graciously to hear our prayers:
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
we implore You to hear us.

Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
have mercy.
Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
have mercy.
Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
grant us Your peace.

O Christ,
hear us.

O Lord,
have mercy.
O Christ,
have mercy.
O Lord,
have mercy. Amen.


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


Let us pray.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.


The blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be and remain with you always.

HYMN “Glory Be to Jesus” 433: 1,2,3

Glory be to Jesus, 
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the lifeblood 
From His sacred veins.

Grace and life eternal 
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion, 
Infinitely kind!

Blest through endless ages 
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torment 
Did the world redeem.


Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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