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Songs


Your only Son no sin to hide, 

But You have sent Him from Your side

To walk upon this guilty sod

And to become the Lamb of God.

 

Chorus: O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God,

I love the holy Lamb of  God.

Oh, wash me in His precious blood, 

My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

Your gift of love they crucified; 

They laughed and scorned Him as He died;

The humble King they named a fraud

and sacrificed the Lamb of God.  Chorus:

 

I was so lost I should have died,

But You have brought me to Your side

To be led by Your staff and rod

And to be called a lamb of God.  Chorus:

Bible Readings

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This Lent, we will read through the dramatic account of the Exodus, the Israelites’ rescue from slavery in Egypt.  The Bible draws a parallel between the Exodus and our own rescue from slavery to sin.  The Israelites are rescued from death and ultimately set free from slavery by the blood of a lamb.  We, too, are rescued from death and set free from slavery by the blood of The Lamb of God

  • Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”

    2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

    3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”

    4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”

    6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

                                        

    15 Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”

    17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

    19 The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” 20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 21 and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

  • 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

    35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

    37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

    39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

    41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

    43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

    44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

    48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

    51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

  • 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

    5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

    8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Responsive readings and prayers

INVOCATION

 

P:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.  

 

C:  And also with you. 

 

P:  Our Savior Jesus Christ commanded baptism when He said:  “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  All of us are born into this world with a deep need for baptism.  From our parents we inherit a sinful nature; we are without true fear of God and true faith in God and are condemned to eternal death.  But Jesus took away our sin by giving His life on the cross.  At our baptism he clothes us with the robe of His righteousness and gives us a new life.  Our sinful nature need not control us any longer.  We recall what baptism means for our daily lives as we speak these words together:

 

C:  Baptism means that the sinful nature in us should be drowned by daily sorrow and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death.  It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.  

 

L:  As baptized children of God we confess our sins:

 

C:  Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. 

 

L:  God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son () and of the Holy Spirit. 

 

C:  Amen.  

(Service continues at the font.)

 

L:  Dorian, Christina, Carlito, Santiago, and Ciria, by the power of the Word, the Holy Spirit has led you to believe that this new life in Christ is yours.  Now in Holy Baptism the Lord Jesus assures you of your salvation.  That you may give public testimony of your faith, I therefore ask you:  

 

L:  Do you believe you were born in sin and therefore eternally lost?  If so answer:  Yes, I believe.

 

L:  Do you believe in the Triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?  If so answer:  Yes, I believe.

 

L:  Do you believe that this Triune God planned and carried out your salvation?  If so answer:  Yes, I believe.

 

L:  Do you believe that God grants you the forgiveness of sins in Holy Baptism?  If so answer:  Yes, I believe.

 

L:  Do you desire to be baptized?  If so, answer:  Yes, I do.

 

 

L:  Receive the sign of the cross () on the head and the heart to mark you as a redeemed child of Christ.

 

L:  Dorian, Christina, Carlito, Santiago, and Ciria, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  

 

The Almighty God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has forgiven all your sins.  By your baptism, you are born again and made a dear child of your Father in heaven.  May God strengthen you to live in your baptismal grace all the days of your life.  Peace be with you ().  

 

L:  Brothers and sisters, our Lord commands that we teach His precious truths to all who are baptized.  Christian love therefore urges all of us, especially parents and godparents, to assist in whatever matter possible so that Dorian, Christina, Carlito, Santiago, and Ciria may remain a child of God until death.  If you are willing to carry out this responsibility, then answer:  Yes, as God gives me strength.  

 

C:  Yes, as God gives me strength.

 

L:  Let us pray:

 

L:  Merciful Father in heaven, we thank you for the blessing of baptism by which You offer and grant the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.  Help us to regard our baptism as the robe of righteousness we are to wear all the days of our lives.  Look with special favor on Dorian, Christina, Carlito, Santiago, and Ciria and grant them a rich measure of Your Spirit that they may grow in faith and in godly living.  Make us willing to carry out our responsibilities to those who have been baptized that all of us may finally come to the blessed joys of heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

C:  Amen.  

 

                                           

SONGS     Amazing Grace – He Looked Beyond My Fault

 

Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,

For it was grace that bought my liberty;

I’ll never know just why Christ came to love me so,

He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

 

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,

To view the cross where Jesus died for me;

How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul,

He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.