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New Hope Lutheran Church
1615 Brantley Rd. Kannapolis, NC 28083
704-932-3716, livinginnewhope.org
Fourth Sunday of Lent March 22, 2020
The Holy Cross Setting – Service of Worship
 
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
INVOCATION P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
C: Amen.
 
PRAYER OF DAY (led by pastor) P: Holy One, you give sight to the blind and life to those who trust in your Son. May the light of Christ pierce through our blindness and open us to your way of life; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
P: If we say we have fellowship with God while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7) (Silence for self-reflection and examination)
P: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love.
C: According to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Cast us not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and uphold us with a willing spirit. Amen. (from Psalm 51)
P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins. For thus says the Lord: I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be made clean. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and will give you a heart of flesh. You shall be my people, and I will be your God. (from Ezekiel 36:25-28)
C: Amen.
 
KYRIE “Lord Have Mercy”
P: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For the peace from above, and for salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For the peace of the world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For this house and for all who worship here, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.
C: Amen.
 
HYMN OF PRAISE “Come, Worship the Lord”
 
C: Come, worship the Lord, for his great glory and pow'r; Praise the Father on high the ruler of all! Come, worship the God who divided day from the night; Thank the Lord for making the world and filling our days with his light! Come, worship the Lord for his love mercy and grace; Praise the Son who has come to show us his face. Come, worship the God who has here suffered and died; Thank the Lord for giving his life, a spotless and pure sacrifice. Come, worship the Lord, the Spirit, just, holy and true; Praise him for the gift of faith and life that is new. Come, worship the Lord, for he lives in glory divine; Praise the one who will reign for now and all time. Come, worship the God who has here called us his own. Thank the Lord to whom we belong and lift up our prayer and our song, Amen.
 
GOSPEL READING John 9:1-41 1
 
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. 8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” 18 The 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 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him. 24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He 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?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. SERMON Denton Bennet * THE APOSTLE’S CREED P: Join me as we confess our faith using the words of the Apostle’s Creed. C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
 
GIVING OF OUR OFFERING OFFERING SONG “We Give You Our Heart”
C: We give you our hearts; we give you our lives: all the gifts belonging to you. We give you our trust; we give you our love: all we have from you, O God.
 
* PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
P: Lord God, you are the one who grants sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. Grant that your people would see your will and your way with fresh, clear eyes and that we would hear you voice as we dwell in your holy word. Lord in your mercy, C: Hear our prayer.
P: Loving God, just as the psalmist cried out for mercy in the face of his troubles, so to today we cry out to you in the face of the COVID virus. Grant your abiding mercy when we fall into despair. Give us hope for each new day, trusting that you are with us always. Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: As the season of Spring has come to us, let your radiant Sun shine, so it may warm the land and renew the earth. Let us experience this time as a new beginning, when life is restored, and we see new growth in our own lives and all around us. Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear your prayer.
P: All-Seeing God, you already know about those who are heavily burdened with illness, pain and suffering. Grant your healing in their bodies and give them peace for their hearts. Let them lean on you in their weakness and draw strength from your mighty power. We pray especially for James Davis, Steve Cook, Deena Gantt-Johnson, Terry Black, Marie Hamrick, Lyla & Troy’s Family, Patty Williams, Alex Brandon, Debbie Bennet, Micah Tankersley and those that we now name aloud or hold in the silence of our hearts. Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: Father we now lift our worries and troubles up to you. Send down your calming spirit, help us to see the good around us, remind us of how powerful Your word is each and every day.
C: AMEN
 
* THE LORD’S PRAYER P: Let us pray now as Christ taught us. C: 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.
 
BENEDICTION P: The Lord Bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord place His spirit upon you and give you peace. C: Amen.