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  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 10:45 am Worship Service • March 5, 2017

    First Sunday in Lent • ELW Setting 5

    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.

  • Welcome members and guests to our worship service today. If you are visiting, we encourage you to sign the guest register located in the narthex. Please include your home address, email address and phone number. Each pew contains cards that you may fi ll out if you wish to consult with the pastor or provide additional information about yourself.

    A nursery is available for children up to fi ve years of age during the service. The nursery is located off the hallway on the Huntington Avenue side of the church building. There are also “quiet bags” available for older children to enjoy during the service. Please ask an usher about borrowing one.

    Parents are invited to bring children from the nursery for Holy Communion to receive a blessing. If children become restless or noisy during worship, parents are encouraged to take them in to and out of the sanctuary as necessary.

    Trinity offers an induction loop for the benefi t of hearing impaired worshippers. To use, please switch your hearing aid to “T.” If you are unsure if your hearing aid is compatible, please contact your audiologist.

    The Reverend Tina Melusky, Pastor Rob Keene, Organist and Director of Music

    Congregation of Trinity Lutheran, Ministers of the Word

    6812 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607 Church offi ce: (757) 245-7861 Pastor's cell: (734) 239-4013

    Trinity Lutheran is a partner church with Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center.

    Cover image by JoAnne Rawls.

  • Prelude

    Quiet preparation is encouraged at this time.

    Gathering The assembly stands. All may make the sign of the cross,

    the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

    Confession and Forgiveness

    This confession provides extended silence for listening, pondering, and self-refl ection.

    In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    God of heaven and earth, you come in close and make us yours. Equip us by your Spirit to confess our sin, embrace your forgiveness, and seek the way you set before us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    With honesty of heart, let us confess our sin.

    The assembly may kneel or stand. An extended silence may be kept.

    Merciful God, forgive us. Our will is handcuffed to sin, and we cannot break free. We have spoken when we should have kept quiet.


    We were silent when we should have said something.


    We acted when we knew better.


    We were still when we know we should have moved.


    For the wrong we have done, for the good we have failed to do, have mercy on us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

    People of God, look to the + Son, given to heal you and set you free because God loved the world so much. Take hold of life—eternal life! Amen.

    The assembly turns and faces the processional cross.

    Gathering Hymn Bless Now, O God, the Journey ELW 326

    The Greeting

    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

  • 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.

    The assembly is seated.

    Word First Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Pew Bible Old Testament Page 2

    Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.


    Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Pew Bible New Testament Page 136

    Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.

    The assembly stands.

    Gospel Acclamation

    One does not live by | bread alone,* but by every word that comes from the | mouth of God.

    Gospel Lesson: Matthew 4:1-11

    The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 4th chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

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

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

  • The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

    The assembly is seated.

    Time with the Children

    Sermon Pastor Tina

    Silence is kept for refl ection after the sermon.

    The assembly stands.

    Hymn of the Day I Want Jesus to Walk with Me ELW 325

    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 crucifi ed, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

    Prayers of Intercession

    Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

    Sharing of the Peace

    The peace, which enables people to live in unity and in the spirit of mutual forgiveness, comes from Christ whose word has been proclaimed.

    The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.

    The assembly is seated.


    Receiving of Tithes and Offerings


    Offertory Hymn Create in Me a Clean Heart ELW 188

    Offertory Prayer

    Merciful God, receive the sacrifi ce of our praise and thanksgiving and the offering of our lives, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the joy of the resurrection; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Meal The Great Thanksgiving

    Proper Preface

    It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise… …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


    "Holy, Holy, Holy" echoes the heavenly chorus in Isaiah 6:3 and the crowds of Mark 11:9 as Jesus triumphantly entered

    Jerusalem. This reminds us that we are in the presence

    of a God identifi ed both by holiness and humility.

    Thanksgiving at the Table

    Blessed are you, O God of the universe. Your mercy is everlasting and your faithfulness endures from age to age. Praise to you for creating the heavens and the earth. Praise to you for saving the earth from the waters of the fl ood. Praise to you for bringing the Israelites safely through the sea. Praise to you for leading your people through the wilderness to the land of milk and honey. Praise to you for the words and deeds of Jesus, your anointed one. Praise to you for the death and resurrection of Christ. Praise to you for your Spirit poured out on all nations.

  • In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

    With this bread and cup we remember our Lord’s passover from death to life as we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

    O God of resurrection and new life: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread and wine. Bless this feast.


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