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Bulletin, Prayers, and Announcements for April 3


PRESERVICE MUSIC

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: In the name of God, who makes a way in the wilderness, walks with us, and guides us in our pilgrimage.

C: Amen.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Holy One,

C: we confess that we have wandered far from you: we have not trusted your promises, we have ignored your prophets in our own day, we have squandered our inheritance of grace, we have failed to recognize you in our midst. Have mercy on us! Forgive us and turn us again to you. Teach us to follow in your ways, assure us again of your love, and help us to love our neighbor. Amen.

P: Beloved in Christ, the Word draws near to you, and all who call out to God shall be saved. In Jesus, God comes to you again and again and gathers you under wings of love. In ☩ Jesus’ name, your sins are forgiven.

God journeys with you and teaches you how to live in love.

C: Amen.


GATHERING HYMN: 324 In the Cross of Christ I Glory

GREETING

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

C: And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


READINGS

Isaiah 43:16-21

16Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,   a path in the mighty waters, 17who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior;  they lie down, they cannot rise,   they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18Do not remember the former things,   or consider the things of old. 19I am about to do a new thing;   now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches;  for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,  to give drink to my chosen people, 21the people whom I formed for myself  so that they might declare my praise.


Psalm 126 (Read responsively)

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,   then were we like those who dream. 2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3The Lord has done great things for us,   and we are glad indeed. 4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negeb. 5Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.


Philippians 3:4b-14

[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.


Holy Gospel: John 12:1-8

P: The Holy Gospel according to John.

C: Glory to you O Lord.

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY: 335 Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: Merciful God,

C: receive our prayer.


PEACE

Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

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

C: And also with you.


OFFERING

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

HOLY COMMUNION

P: All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.

C: We are here because Jesus Christ has died; Jesus Christ has risen; and Jesus Christ will come again.

P: The risen Christ is present in bread and wine.

C: We are the body of Christ who wish to celebrate his resurrection presence among us. Holy God, we thank you for your perfect plan to save all humankind from death and sin. We praise you for the saving action of Jesus Christ and his gift of forgiveness.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION (In the night in which he was betrayed . . . )

P: Come, Holy Spirit, and gather us together as your forgiven people who feast together in resurrection celebration of the One who has come among us and the One who will come again.

C: Amen!

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Here is food and drink for the journey.

Take and be filled.


SHARING THE MEAL

COMMUNION HYMN: 754 Jesus the Very Thought of You

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: Blessed Jesus, in this rich meal of grace, you have fed us with your body, the bread of life. Now send us forth to bear your life-giving hope to a world in need.

C: Amen.

BLESSING

L: You are children of God, anointed with the oil of gladness and strengthened for the journey. Almighty God, motherly, majestic, and mighty, ☩ bless you this day and always.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN: 338 Beneath the Cross of Jesus

BENEDICTION

L: Go in peace. Jesus meets you on the way.

C: Thanks be to God.


THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH. Wednesday, April 6 6:30 pm Mid-week Lenten Service at Trinity; Thursday: 9 am Worship Committee Meeting at Grace; 10 am Bible Study and Ruth Circle Meeting; 1 pm Regular Food Pantry Distribution at Grace; Sunday, April 10 8:30 am Palm Sunday Worship at Trinity; 8:45 am Sunday School Program prep at Grace; 10:15 am Children’s Passion Play and Program at Grace


SCHEDULE OF MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES

All services begin at 6:30 pm.

April 6 Trinity


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

April 14 6:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service at Trinity with Communion

April 15 1:00 pm Good Friday Service at Fountain

April 17 8:30 am Easter Worship with Communion at Fountain

10:15 am Easter Worship with Communion at Grace


Grace’s Ruth Circle has voted to change their Bible study and meeting dates to the first Thursday at 10 am. This will allow members to go directly to the Senior Meals program after the meeting. The next meeting is April 7.

If you know of any members graduating from high school or college, please let the church office know by May 1. Please share contact information so we can get photos and information about where they attend school and future plans.

A Mother-Daughter Banquet will take place at Grace on Saturday, May 14 at 6 pm. Please mark this on your calendar. This is open to the entire prish.


The last day of Sunday School for this school year will be May 15. The children will be singing in church that day.

WE PRAY FOR: Andy Helmann, Lola Frye, Holly and Harry Hinzpeter, Shirley Hyer, Calvin Nelson, Kandy Hagen, Mariam Burdick, Kathy Haske, Suzanne Soltvedt, Lola St. Clair, John Thompson, Clarence Johnson, Carol Leopold, Alan Leopold, Pete Nelson, Pat Nelson, Donnie Benson, Barney Johnson, Everett Burdick, Bob Brod, LouAnn Bever, Sue Ann Preuss,


+ Together In Mission +

WELCOME! If you are a visitor please fill out a “Welcome Card” and drop it in the offering plate. Fountain Grace Trinity Lutheran Parish is a congregation of the ELCA in the La Crosse Area Synod. We invite you to participate with us in following Christ as he leads.

Parish Office: 226 Erickson Street, Elroy WI 53929 Parish E-mail: fgtlpadmin@centurytel.net Phone: (608)462-5398 Sunday Organist: Heather Vlasak Sunday Pianist: Bev Rood

Parish Secretary: Kris Stauffacher; Grace Custodian: Dave Clark

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