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February 21, 2021


  06:45:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 1925 words  
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February 21, 2021


February 21, 2021


The Service of the Word, page 38 in Christian Worship


HYMN # 472, V. 1 Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray


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:   We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children.  But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment.  Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C  (Spoken):  Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth.  In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child.  But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray:  Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love.  Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

 P:   God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins.  By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever.  You are his own dear child.  May God give you strength to live according to his will.

 C (Spoken):  Amen.


P:  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.


Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in him.

Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; It stands firm in the heavens.

Your faithfulness continues forever.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in him.



P:  Lord, our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with his deceits and empty promises.  Keep us steadfast in Your Word, and when we fall, raise us up again and restore us through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:    (Sung)  Amen


THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON – Genesis 22:1-18 (excerpts)

Some time later God tested Abraham. He called to him, “Abraham!” Abraham answered, “I am here.”

God said, “Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains there, the one to which I direct you.”

Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, along with Isaac his son. Abraham split the wood for the burnt offering. Then he set out to go to the place that God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.

Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go on over there. We will worship, and then we will come back to you.” . . .

They came to the place that God had told him about. Abraham built the altar there. He arranged the wood, tied up Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.

The Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”

Abraham said, “I am here.”

He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

Abraham looked around and saw that behind him there was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord Will Provide.” So it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your descendants greatly, like the stars of the sky and like the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the city gates of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”


THE PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 6:      

 Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us

 P: O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger

  C: or discipline me in your wrath.

P: Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint;

  C: O LORD, heal me, for my soul is in anguish.

P: Turn, O LORD, and deliver me;

  C: save me because of your unfailing love.

Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us

P: I am worn out from groaning.

  C: My eyes grow weak with sorrow.

P: Away from me, all you who do evil,

 C: for the LORD has heard my weeping.

 P: The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;

  C: the LORD accepts my prayer.

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.

 Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us


 THE EPISTLE – Romans 8:31-39

 What then will we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also graciously give us all things along with him?

Who will bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies! Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus, who died and, more than that, was raised to life, is the one who is at God’s right hand and who is also interceding for us! What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Just as it is written:

For your sake we are being put to death all day long.

We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor rulers, neither things present nor things to come, nor powerful forces, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


THE GOSPEL – Mark 1:12-15

 The Spirit immediately sent Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels were serving him.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. “The time is fulfilled,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near! Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 THE CONGREGATION SINGS:    Praise be to you, O Christ!




HYMN # 419, vs. 5-7 If God Himself Be For Me


THE SERMON – Romans 8:31-39


  1. He keeps trying to make me feel like a horrible sinner.
  2. He keeps trying to make me feel like an unloved loser.


 THE APOSTLES’ CREED - Spoken by all

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.


MANCHESTER:  Oboe Solo:  (Cindy Floeter) – Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley


 A Ceremony of Dedication of the Entry to the Glory of God

Pastor:  Brothers and sisters in Christ, today we seek God’s blessing as we gather with thankfulness to set apart this entry to His glory.  Let us pray.

O Lord our God, we praise and thank You for establishing among us a place where we may worship You and where Your Word may be proclaimed and Your sacraments received.  You have enriched our lives with every good and perfect gift.  You are pleased with the offerings of faith which Your people bring to glorify Your holy name.  Look with favor on us as we present this entry to Your praise and glory and in memory of Phyllis Kirst.  Amen.

P:  How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!

C:  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD.

P:  Better is one day in your courts

C: than a thousand elsewhere;

 P:  I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

C:  than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

P:  Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

C:  who have set their hearts on praise.

P:  They go from strength to strength,

C: till each appears before God in Zion.

P:  Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

C: they are ever praising you.

Pastor:  We, the members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, set apart and dedicate this entry to the glory and honor of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May it reflect our love for you, benefit this body of believers, and bring joy to those who use it.  Amen.




M:  Brothers and sisters, go in peace.  Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord with gladness.  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:      (Sung)  Amen. Amen. Amen.


HYMN # 449 – Children of the Heavenly Father


Tuesday                  9:30 am – Bible Class in Manchester

Wednesday             3:45 pm – Confirmation Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Lent Service in Marquette

Sunday                    8:30 am – Worship in Marquette

                                  9:15 am – Sunday School in Manchester

10:00 am – Worship in Manchester


Since the Manchester congregation is dropping its Thursday evening service during Lent, we are not asking you to sign up for church on Wednesday or Sunday.  Thank you!

Our Lenten Services continue this Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. service in Marquette.  This week we hear about Hands of Repentance (Tax Collector).  We hope you will be able to worship with us! 

Our next Youth Group outing will be a trip to Pizza Ranch on Sunday, March 21st.  We’ll leave right after church.  Thanks!

The Manchester Church Council will once again be serving Easter breakfast immediately following the 7:00 a.m. service.  We are planning to offer dine-in or carry-out.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entry.  Please sign up and indicate which you prefer.  (At the present time, we are not asking for donations of food.)  Thanks! 

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