March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020


Order of Worship

First Sunday in Lent

Today's gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.


At the ringing of the bells, please observe a moment of silence


Welcome and Reminders


Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist. Amen.


If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness, and so we confess.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly. We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people. Turn us back to you, O God. Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever. Amen.


Receive good news: God turns to you in love. “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you. Amen.


Gathering Song –O Lord, throughout These Forty Days, ELW 319



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


Kyrie p.138


Prayer of the Day

Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us 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.


Children's Sermon

Noisy Offering – Foundations for Living, Inc


First Reading – Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Human beings were formed with great care, to be in relationship with the creator, creation, and one another. The serpent’s promise to the first couple that their eyes would be opened led, ironically, to the discovery only that they were naked.


15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
3:1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 32

1Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
and whose sin is put away!
2Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3While I held my tongue, my bones withered away,
because of my groaning all day long.
4For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer. 
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the                                  Lord.”Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.

6Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble;
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
7You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
8“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;
I will guide you with my eye. 
9Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not          stay near you.”

10Great are the tribulations of the wicked;
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
11Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord;
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – All Things New


Second Reading – Romans 5:12-19

Through Adam’s disobedience, humanity came under bondage to sin and death, from which we cannot free ourselves. In Christ’s obedient death, God graciously showers on us the free gift of liberation and life.


12Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—13sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation during Lent p.142 (bottom of the page)


Gospel –Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus experiences anew the temptations that Israel faced in the wilderness. As the Son of God, he endures the testing of the evil one.


Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.


1Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ”
11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.


Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.




Song of the Day – I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, ELW 325


Apostles' Creed p. 105


Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us


Each petition concludes with, Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer


The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Offering and Prayer

Holy and generous host, you set a table where we feast as friends. Prepare us to witness to your goodness with every gift you have given us to share, that all people may know your peace through Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song –Let Us Break Bread Together, ELW 471



Prayer after Communion

We thank you, living God, for the body and blood of your Son, which sustains us in the wilderness and the garden alike. As Christ has loved us in this feast, so send us to love Christ in our neighbors. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.




Sending Song –Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer, ELW 618


Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.


Thanksgivings: For this time of Lent, for renewal, repentance and the promise of forgiveness and eternal life.

News and Events:

Beginning today we will be tying fleece blankets to be donated to TreeHouse Central Wisconsin or a local nursing home as our Lenten project.


After worship today, Bridgette Henschel will share a short presentation about TreeHouse Central Wisconsin. TreeHouse, based in Wautoma, is a safe place for teens to get and give support with whatever is going on in their lives. Please plan to stay and learn about this great opportunity to help local youth feel lovable, capable, and worthwhile.


Today's Noisy Offering is for Foundations for Living. This organization is based in Waupaca to assist members of the community in crisis onto the path of self sufficiency through education, emotional support, advocacy and emergency services.


Midweek Lenten services will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 pm using the Holden Evening Prayer Service preceded by a soup and sandwich supper at 5:00 pm.


March 6 is World Day of Prayer. An ecumenical prayer service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Poy Sippi at 1:00 pm. An invitation is posted on the bulletin board.


We are planning a day outing on Thursday March 19. As a group we will travel to Shawano for a guided tour of the Twig’s Museum (Sundrop). We will stop for a lunch on your own at The Farm Inn’ on Main. The tour is free and also has free samples. The tour is for 10:00 am so we would carpool and leave the church about 8:15 am. Contact Steve by March 15 if interested.


Only two weeks remain for savings on Crossways Summer Camp! Register for one of our popular Youth Camp or Family Camp experiences before March 15th to automatically save on camp tuition - no code needed! We’d love to have you join us for a life changing Summer experience, so why not save on your registration! Visit for program and registration information. Contact Debi Smith if you are interested in attending one of the camp sessions.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Debi

Reader: Steve

Communion Servers: John and Julie

Coffee Hour: Bea and Mike


Readings for next week: Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17;                                                      John 3:1-17


Calendar This Week:

Wed, March 4         9:15 am & after Lenten service – Choir practice

                                10:00 amBible Study with Pastor Rick

                                   5:00 pm – Soup & Sandwich Supper

                                   6:00 pm – Midweek Lenten Worship

Friday, March 6       1:00 pm – World Day of Prayer

Sunday, March 8      9:00 am – Worship