The preaching of God’s Word, administering of God’s Sacraments, and serving others in Jesus’ name are marks of the church and the foundation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  We are a congregation of traditional values that seeks to reach out into the world so others might know the love of our risen savior, Jesus the Christ.  “We believe the church to be the hospital for sinners”...Luther. “We also believe that evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread”...Luther.  If you are looking for a church home or just visiting, you are welcomed!   God bless you.

  

 

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EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

OF THE HOLY TRINITY

502 Main Street, Irwin, PA  15642    724-863-7350

Midweek Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

6:30 p.m.

 

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

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

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the

inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called  and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the  Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

Prayer of the Day Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time to make our common prayer to you, and you have promised through your Son that where two or three are gathered together in his name, you will be in the midst of them. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us, in this world, knowledge of your truth and, in the age to come, life everlasting.  Amen.

Reading

Luke 1:46-55

 46And Mary said,  "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;  49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.  51He has shown strength with his arm;  he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.  52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
 to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

Time of Teaching

Offering

OFFERING PRAYER

Merciful God, receive the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving

and the offering of our lives, that following in the way of the cross,

we may know the joy of the resurrection; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession Growing in faith and discipleship, we give thanks for God’s merciful compassion as we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.   
A brief silence.
Holy God, you give gifts and talents to every member of the church. Strengthen all your children and bring them to a full understanding and maturity in Christ. Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.
Creator God, our complex and wonderful world is a sure sign of your abundance and care. Provide for every creature, and rain down the bread of heaven that gives life to the world. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Peaceful God, draw the nations of the world to harmony and mutual understanding. Bind all of humanity in the unity of love and peace that comes through the Spirit. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of salvation, bring wholeness to all your beloved children. Anoint the hands of all caregivers, nurses, doctors, therapists, hospice workers, and chaplains. Bless those who put their lives in harm's way for our wellbeing, as well as their families, including our first responders and those who work to keep us healthy, safe, and provided for in these times. Bring abundance of life to all who long for comfort and healing (especially). Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer.
Merciful God, you have made it possible that we may still worship in one Spirit even if not in one building. Bless this congregation and draw us into closer communion with you in this extra time that we have at home. Draw us closer to each other and our community by the safe means that you provide us... phone calls, emails, social forums, live video conversations, & most prevalently, in prayer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of the saints, you have claimed the faithful departed as your own and given them an inheritance in glory. Sustain us in faith until the fullness of time, when you gather up all things in heaven and on earth. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.
Almighty and loving God, we look to you in hope and trust, knowing that you will do far more than we can ask or imagine, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.     Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

Let us bless the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.   Amen.

 

 

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