Sunday, March 22, 2020

4th Sunday of Lent

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Opening Hymn: Psalm 23

You restore my soul
and you guide me home.
O Lord you are the good shepherd.
(2x)

The Lord is my good shepherd.
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.

You restore my soul
and you guide me home.
O Lord you are the good shepherd.

Tho I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You restore my soul
and you guide me home.
O Lord you are the good shepherd.

You prepare a table before me as I face my enemies
you anoint my head with oil and I overflow with peace.

Surely goodness and mercy
will follow me all my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

You restore my soul
and you guide me home.
O Lord you are the good shepherd.
(2x)

Prayer of the Day

Creator God,
By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

Children’s Sermon

Scripture Lessons

1 Samuel 16: 1-13 David is chosen and anointed.

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Ephesians 5:8-14 Awake from sleep, live as children of light.

8Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
 “Sleeper, awake!
  Rise from the dead,
 and Christ will shine on you.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

John 9:1-41

1As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Pastor Bethany

Hymn of the Day: Love Will Lead Me

Love will lead me through the darkness
when my day is black as night.
give me hope when I am broken
for the Lord is my light.

Tho I may lie awake in fear
Remind me, Lord, that you are near.

Love will lead me through the darkness
when my day is black as night.
give me hope when I am broken
for the Lord is my light.

Tho I may stumble, walking blind
I pray it's you that I will find.

Love will lead me through the darkness
when my day is black as night.
give me hope when I am broken
for the Lord is my light.

Promises I've broken, too.
Lord, change my heart, make it true.

Love will lead me through the darkness
when my day is black as night.
give me hope when I am broken
for the Lord is my light.
(2x)

The Prayers of the People

Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all those who are in need.

God of vision, have mercy for those who are quarantined, isolated, shelter in place, and those fighting COVID- 19. Help us to open our eyes and hearts as we come to you weak, anxious, fearful of what the future might hold. Be with us and the world, to seek nourishment for our souls equipping us with patience, kindness, comfort, prayers, and hope.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, be with those taking care of our lands, and those preparing the fields, as they are preparing the land for this growing season. Keep watch over the workers, farmers, and their families. Grant mercy on the truck drivers and those who transport goods.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We look toward you for those who are vulnerable, homeless, migrant, immigrant, those who cannot afford medical care, and those who are unable to access it. Give strength and compassion to the doctors, nurses, those working in the hospitals and clinics as they are your hands and feet to those seeking care they need.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

As the we pray for the impact and effect of the pandemic, we humbly fall to our knees in prayer. Open our eyes and minds, to ways we can still serve you and our neighbors, who might not be able to access resources. Help all to see your light in the darkness. We lift up those in our congregation as we are unable to see each other and worship in the same space. Help us to remember that it isn’t the building that makes the church, but the people who are joined together worshipping you. Help each of us through this time, help us to reach out in love and compassion and seek the needs of those who can’t leave their homes. Be with our family members and Alex, sister of Anne Braaten, Chad Agen, Susan Bradbury, Terri Heyntsen, Sean and Tara, Glen Rickert, Nick Robinson.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

According to your steadfast love, and your promise to never leave us nor forsake us. Gracious God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.

Amen

Benediction

Closing Hymn: My Life Flows On in Endless Song

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth's lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?
(2x)

God be with you til we meet again.

Remember that you can still send in offerings and tithes. Either through our on-line giving account or through general mail.

Burlington Lutheran Church; 134 East Victoria Avenue; Burlington WA 98233

Peace+Grace

9 thoughts on “Sunday, March 22, 2020

  1. I did as suggested: lit a candle, turned off lights and other music. I did sing along, and I was so peaceful.
    So thankful to Vicar Kristi for the Journey Through Lent. It has been something I look forward to each morning.

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