WORSHIP IN A TIME OF DIASPORA (Scattering)
Lutheran Service Book, p. 151
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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.
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we havce left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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.
In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE GREAT LITANY (LSB, 288)
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY (p. 156)
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 42:14-21
EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 5:8-14
“Return to the Lord”
THE HOLY GOSPEL: John 9:1-41
[HYMN OF THE DAY #571 God Loved the World So That He Gave]
SERMON – So Who Sinned?
THE NICENE CREED (p. 158)
THE OUR FATHER