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February 14, 2021


  06:42:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 2139 words  
Categories: Devotions

February 14, 2021


February 11 & 14, 2021


HYMN Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain



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

C:  (Spoken)  And also with you.



P:  God invites us to come into His presence and worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask Him to forgive us.

 C (Spoken):  Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.  When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

P:  Jesus says to His people, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.”  His death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world.  Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins.  Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life.

 C (Spoken):  Amen.


P: For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C (Spoken):  Lord, have mercy.

 P: For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C (Spoken):  Christ, have mercy.

 P:  For the well-being of Your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C (Spoken):  Lord, have mercy.

 P:  Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by Your power and keep us in Your tender care.

C (Spoken):  Amen.



P:  Lord God, before the suffering and death of Your one and only Son, You revealed His glory on the holy mountain.  Grant that we who bear His cross on earth may behold by faith the light of His heavenly glory and so be changed into His likeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen


THE FIRST LESSON – II Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Therefore, since we have this kind of hope, we act with great boldness. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face, so that the Israelites could not continue to look at the end of the radiance, as it was fading away. In spite of this, their minds were hardened. Yes, up to the present day, the same veil remains when the Old Testament is read. It has not been removed because it is taken away only in Christ. Instead, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But all of us who reflect the Lord’s glory with an unveiled face are being transformed into his own image, from one degree of glory to another. This too is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Therefore, since we have this ministry as a result of the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. On the contrary, we have renounced shameful, underhanded methods. We do not operate in a deceitful way, and we do not distort the word of God. Instead, by proclaiming the truth clearly, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.


THE PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 148:       (Read responsively)

 P: Praise the LORD from the heavens,

 C: praise him in the heights above.

P: Praise him, all his angels,

 C: praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

P: Praise him, sun and moon,

C: praise him, all you shining stars.

P: Praise the LORD from the earth,

  C: lightning and hail, stormy winds that do his bidding,

P: you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,

  C: wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,

P: kings of the earth and all rulers on earth,

 C: young men and maidens, old men and children.

P: Let them praise the name of the LORD,

 C: for his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

All:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

       As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.


THE GOSPEL – Mark 9:2-9

 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain where they were alone by themselves. There he was transfigured in front of them. His clothes became radiant, dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them. And Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say because they were terrified.

A cloud appeared and overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.”

Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


HYMN # 95 How Good, Lord, to Be Here


THE SERMON – II Kings 2:1-12a (excerpts)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was traveling with Elisha from Gilgal. . . .

The sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

Then he said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. . . .

Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood and watched them from a distance, while the two of them were standing at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, folded it together, and struck the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then the two of them crossed on dry land.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me for whatever I can do for you before I am taken from you.”

Then Elisha said, “Let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. If you see me being taken from you, it will surely be yours. But if not, then it will not.” While they were walking and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire came and separated them. So Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariot and its charioteers!” Then he did not see him anymore.


  1. In the life of one of God’s saints?
  2. In the death of one of God’s saints?


THE NICENE CREED - Spoken by all

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontus Pilate.  He suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,      who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.




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.



P:  Lift up your hearts.

C (Spoken):  We lift them up unto the Lord.

P:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C (Spoken):  It is good and right so to do.

P:  Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  In the past he spoke to us through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, who is the radiance of his glory.  Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ.  To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen


The Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C (Spoken):  Amen.




Prayer by the Pastor:

Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes that have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C (Spoken):  Amen.


M:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 HYMN # 369 Beautiful Savior



Monday                        7:30 pm – Church Council Meeting in Manchester

Tuesday                  9:30 am – Bible Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Ladies Aid Meeting in Manchester

Wednesday             3:45 pm – Confirmation Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Lent Service with Communion in Manchester

Sunday                    8:30 am – Worship in Marquette

                                  9:15 am – Sunday School in Manchester

10:00 am – Worship in Manchester


Ash Wednesday is this week.  The theme for our Lenten worship this year will be The Hands of the Passion.  Our service on Wednesday will be in Manchester at 7:00 p.m.  We will celebrate Communion in the service, and the sermon theme will be Hands of Misguided Zeal (Peter).

Confirmation parents:  From now on, Confirmation Class will finish at 5:00 instead of 6:00 p.m.

During the season of Lent we will drop our Thursday evening service in Manchester.

In the Manchester service next Sunday, we will have a Ceremony of Dedication for the new entry.  The entry is a gift in memory of Phyllis Kirst.  On that day, we will dedicate it for our use to the glory of God.

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