March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020


Order of Worship

Third Sunday in Lent

In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.


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 –Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways, ELW 772



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

Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through 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


First Reading – Exodus 17:1-7

Because the thirsty Israelites quarreled with Moses and put God to the test, Moses cried out in desperation to God. God commanded Moses to strike the rock to provide water for the people. The doubt-filled question—“Is the Lord among us or not?”—received a very positive answer.


1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 95

1Come, let us sing to the Lord;
  let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
3For you, Lord, are a great God,
  and a great ruler above all gods.
4In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
the heights of the hills are also yours.
5The sea is yours, for you made it,
  and your hands have molded the dry land.
6Come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 
7For the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand.
  Oh, that today you would hear God’s voice!
8“Harden not your hearts,
as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the desert.
9There your ancestors tested me,
  they put me to the test, though they had seen my works.
10Forty years I loathed that generation, saying,
‘The heart of this people goes astray; they do not know my

11Indeed I swore in my anger,
  ‘They shall never come to my rest.’ ” 


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – Lord, I Look to You


Second Reading – Romans 5:1-11

Though we often hear that God helps those who help themselves, here Paul tells us that through Jesus’ death God helps utterly helpless sinners. Since we who had been enemies are reconciled to God in the cross, we now live in hope for our final salvation.


1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


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


Gospel –John 4:5-42

Jesus defies convention to engage a Samaritan woman in conversation. Her testimony, in turn, leads many others to faith.


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


The Gospel today will be read as a narrative.




Song of the Day – As the Deer Runs to the River, ELW 331


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 –One Bread, One Body, ELW 496



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 –Glorious Things of You Are Spoken, ELW 647


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


Thanksgivings: For the witness and faith of St. Patrick to the people of Ireland.

News and Events:

Today is Food Pantry Sunday. Your donations of nonperishable food items are delivered to a local food pantry for distribution to those in our community seeking food security.


Today is Movie Day.The Case for Christ will be shown at 2:00 pm. In 1980, Lee Strobel's (Mike Vogel) award-winning, investigative reporting earns him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home aren't going nearly as well. His wife Leslie's (Erika Christensen) newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to try and disprove the claims of Christianity, pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith.


Our Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be at Oakwood Campsite on March 20 at 5:30 pm. Let the Faheys know if you will be attending.


If you are interested in donating Easter flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one, the cost is $10. Please contact Bea


The Bethany Home Annual Meeting was held a week late after the big Sunday snow storm! It was interesting to hear the facts of recovery from the prior years of being in the red. A new CEO and Finance Director has helped the recovery so the first quarter of this year shows an excess over expenses. With the new building, storm damage to several of the Pines building and State funding changes, it was a struggle. Now with the Medicare Health Plan changes, people can go into Bethany under it. It is the only non-profit, continuing-care community in Waupaca and surrounding areas and the only Spiritual based Home. The closing of several care facilities in the area shows a great need for Bethany. They also have a need for volunteers to help in many ways. The posters are up at both entrances with this information and the Annual Report. Erna and Linda represented St. John's and also enjoyed a wonderful lunch.


Sunday, March 29 the Christian Outreach Committee will meet after worship.


Our Midweek Lenten Services continue throughout Lent at 6:00 pm with a soup and sandwich supper at 5:00 pm.


If you have not already picked up your updated directory labels, please take home one copy for your home directory. The labels are in a marked box in the Gathering Area.


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.


Sisters into Soup will not meet in March.


Newsletter deadline is March 25. Please submit your Twitters.


Save the date: March 28 beginning at 8:30 am will be our annual church cleaning day. The more volunteers we have, the quicker and more enjoyable the job will be. Please lend a hand.


We will continue to tie fleece blankets to be donated to TreeHouse Central Wisconsin or a local nursing home as our Lenten project. God's Work. Our Hands.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Lee and Jane

Reader: Jane

Communion Servers:Mike and Bea

Coffee Hour: The Engens

 Readings for next week: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14;                                              John 9:1-41


Calendar This Week:

Wed, March 18    9:15 am and after Lenten service – Choir practice

                             10:00 amBible Study with Pastor Rick

                               4:00 pm – Confirmation Class

                               5:00 pm – Soup and Sandwich Supper

                               6:00 pm – Midweek Lenten Worship

Thur, March 19    8:15 am – Carpool leaves for tour of Twig's                                                             Museum

Sun, March 22       9:00 am –