March 17 Midweek Worship

HOLY BAPTISM

We begin in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The name in which we baptize.

What is baptism?

It is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s word.

What gifts does baptism grant?

It brings about forgiveness of sins, redeems from death, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe.

How can water do such great things?

The water does not do this alone, but the word of God with and alongside of the water, and faith.

This is a grace-filled water of life.

A bath of new birth in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:1-14

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.


SERMON


Luther’s Evening Blessing

I give thanks to you, heavenly Father,

through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have graciously protected me today. I ask you to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously to protect me tonight. Into your hands I commend myself: my body, my soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.


Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

God the Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit watch over us all.

Amen.