Third Sunday in Lent Sermon

Third Sunday in Lent Sermon

Sermon for The Third Sunday In Lent

Rev. Greg Mech | March 4, 2018 | Sunday Service | 8:00 am | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, MO

Divine Service – Setting 4

Hymn     Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet     Hymn  973
Invocation, Confession and Absolution of Sins     page 203
Psalm 19:1 (antiphon: v. 8)

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing | the heart;*
     the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening | the eyes.

The heavens declare the glo- | ry of God,*
     and the sky above proclaims his | handiwork.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
     and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
     is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing | the heart;*
     the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening | the eyes.

Kyrie     page 204
Salutation and Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Children’s Message
Old Testament     Exodus 20:1–17

And God spoke all these words, saying,

      “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

      “You shall have no other gods before me.

      “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

      “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

      “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

      “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

      “You shall not murder.

      “You shall not commit adultery.

      “You shall not steal.

      “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

      “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

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

Psalm 19: 7-12, 14

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
     the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
     the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening thee eyes;

the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the just decrees of the Lord are true,
     and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
     sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
     in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Epistle     1 Corinthians 1:18–31

The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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

Verse     page 204
Holy Gospel     John 2:13–25

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

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

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

Nicene Creed     page 206
Hymn of the Day     In the Cross of Christ I Glory     Hymn 427
Prayer of the Church

Service of the Sacrament – Pages 208-212

Distribution Hymns

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross     Hymn 425
The Law of God Is Good and Wise     Hymn 579
How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord     Hymn 850

Closing Hymn     Built on the Rock     Hymn 645     verses 1, 3 & 5

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