March 24 Midweek Worship

Bless the Lord, who forgives all our sins.

God’s mercy endures forever.

Blessed be God, who gives us life and salvation.

A gift we can never deserve or earn.

Given for you, for me, for all for the forgiveness of sins

in bread and wine, body and blood, words and presence.

Given in grace, received by faith.

Give us truly believing hearts, O God, so that we might receive this great gift.

SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 26:26-30

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.


MEDITATION

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.


THE LORD's PRAYER

Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray

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


BLESSING

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



Luther's Small Catechims

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

What is Holy Communion?

Holy Communion is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given with bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink.


What benefits do we receive from this sacrament?

The benefits of this sacrament are pointed out by the words, given and shed for you for the remission of sins. These words assure us that in the sacrament we receive forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. For where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation.


How can eating and drinking do all this?

It is not eating and drinking that does this, but the words, given and shed for you for the remission of sins. These words, along with eating and drinking, are the main thing in the sacrament. And whoever believes these words has exactly what they say, forgiveness of sins.


When is a person rightly prepared to receive this sacrament?

Fasting and other outward preparations serve a good purpose. However, that person is well prepared and worthy who believes these words, given and shed for you for the remission of sins. But anyone who does not believe these words, or doubts them, is neither prepared nor worthy, for the words for you require simply a believing heart.


The Small Catechism by Martin Luther in Contemporary English Copyright® 1960, 1968 Augsburg Publishing House, Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America , Concordia Publishing House