Return to Prayer | Lent Midweek 1 | February 24, 2021

Return to Prayer | Lent Midweek 1 | February 24, 2021

Worship Service for Midweek of Lent 1

Rev. Gregory Mech | February 24, 2021 | Midweek of Lent 1 | 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

The season of Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance, and it is a time for prayer. “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire . . . the Christian’s vital breath,” penned hymnwriter James Montgomery (TLH 454:1, 5). But sometimes that holy conversation is interrupted or sidelined from a place of priority in our lives. Even our Lord’s closest disciples did not serve Him faithfully as watchers and prayers with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. In this holy season, we return to prayer, treasuring the opportunity to pray without ceasing and leading prayerful lives that reflect the mercy of our heavenly Father, who hears our supplications and responds to them in love.

February 24, 2021 — Midweek of Lent 1

HYMN “Go to Dark Gethsemane” 436:1

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.


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

OPENING SENTENCES Joel 2:13; Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:5–6

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

Continue steadfastly in prayer,
being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.


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

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

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.

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 our Father, who in mercy hears all who call on You, graciously open Your ears to our petitions, and lead us by Your Spirit, that without doubting we may persevere in prayer and believing, await Your promised aid; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

FIRST READING Genesis 32:22–30

A reading from Genesis, the thirty-second chapter.

The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that He did not prevail against Jacob, He touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as He wrestled with him. Then He said, “Let Me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.” And He said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And there He blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

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

PSALM Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

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.

SECOND READING Romans 8:22–28

A reading from Romans, the eighth chapter.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

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

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 26:36–46

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-sixth chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples,
“Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”

And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them,
“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with Me.”

And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying,
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter,
“So, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Again, for the second time, He went away and prayed,
“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
“Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.”

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

SERMON HYMN “Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray” 663

Rise, my soul, to watch and pray; 
From your sleep awaken!
Be not by the evil day 
Unawares overtaken;
For the foe, 
Well we know 
Is a harvest reaping
While the saints are sleeping.

Watch against the devil’s snares 
Lest asleep he find you;
For indeed ne pains he spares 
To deceive and blind you.
Satan’s prey 
Oft are they 
Who secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.

Watch! Let not the wicked world 
With its lies defeat you
Lest with bold deceptions hurled 
It betray and cheat you.
Watch and see 
Lest there be 
Faithless friends to charm you,
Who but seek to harm you.

Watch against yourself, my soul, 
Lest with grace you trifle;
Let not self your thoughts control
Nor God’s mercy stifle.
Pride and sin
Lurk within,
All your hopes to shatter;
Heed not when they flatter.

But while watching, also pray 
To the Lord unceasing.
God protects you, day by day, 
Strength and faith increasing.
So that still 
Mind and will 
Shall unite to serve Him
And forever love Him.


OFFERTORY “Take My Life and Let It Be” 784:1–2

Take my life and let it be 
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days, 
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move 
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be 
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.


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 kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. 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 “Lord of All Hopefulness” 738

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, 
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, 
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, Your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, 
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm:
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray, 
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

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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