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45. 24.01.2021 Lk.23:26-31

Special Service

  • Introduction

  • Hymn
THIS is the day the Lord has made,
He calls the hours His own;
let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.

2 Today He rose and left the dead,
and Satan’s empire fell:
today the saints His triumph spread,
and all His wonders tell.

3 Hosanna to the anointed King,
to David’s holy Son!
Help us, O Lord! descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.

4 Blest be the Lord, who comes to men
with messages of grace;
who comes in God His Father’s name,
to save our sinful race.

5 Hosanna in the highest strains
the church on earth can raise;
the highest heavens in which He reigns
shall give Him nobler praise.

  • Bible Reading

Genesis 50:15-21
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, ‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

  • Hymn

My times are in your hand;
my God, I wish them there!
My life, my friends, my soul, I leave
entirely to your care.

2. My times are in your hand
whatever they may be,
pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
as you know best for me.

3. My times are in your hand;
why should I doubt or fear?
A father’s hand will never cause
his child a needless tear.

4. My times are in your hand,
Jesus, the crucified;
those hands my cruel sins had pierced
are now my guard and guide.

5. My times are in your hand;
such faith you give to me
that after death, at your right hand
I shall for ever be.

  • Bible Reading

Luke 23:1-31
Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. I will therefore punish and release him.”

But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

  • Hymn

GOD moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

2 Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
and works His sovereign will.

3 You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds you so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
in blessings on your head.

4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust Him for His grace;
behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

5 His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
the bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
and scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
and He will make it plain.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

Great God, what do I see and hear:
the end of things created!
Behold the Judge of all appear
on clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds, the graves restore
the dead which they contained before-
prepare, my soul, to meet him.

2. The dead in Christ shall first arise
at that last trumpet’s sounding,
caught up to meet him in the skies,
with joy their Lord surrounding:
no gloomy fears their souls dismay;
his presence brings eternal day
for those prepared to meet him.

3. But sinners filled with guilty fears
shall see his wrath prevailing;
for they shall rise, and find their tears
are wholly unavailing:
the day of grace is past and gone;
they trembling stand before the throne
all unprepared to meet him.

4. Great God, what do I see and hear:
the end of things created!
Behold the Judge of all appear
on clouds of glory seated!
Low at his cross I view the day
when heaven and earth shall pass away,
and thus prepare to meet him.

  • Sermon

  • Hymn

COME, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
full of pity joined with power;
He is able,
He is willing; doubt no more!

2 Come, ye needy, come and welcome;
God’s free bounty glorify!
True belief and true repentance,
every grace that brings us nigh,
without money,
come to Jesus Christ and buy!

3 Let not conscience make you linger,
nor of fitness fondly dream;
all the fitness He requireth,
is to feel your need of Him:
this He gives you;
’tis the Spirit’s rising beam!

4 Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
bruised and broken by the fall;
if you tarry till you’re better,
you will never come at all:
not the righteous –
sinners Jesus came to call!

5 View Him prostrate in the garden;
on the ground your Maker lies;
then on Calvary’s tree behold Him,
hear Him cry, before He dies,
‘It is finished!’
Sinner, will not this suffice?

6 Lo! the incarnate God, ascended,
pleads the merit of His blood;
venture on Him, venture wholly,
let no other trust intrude;
none but Jesus
can do helpless sinners good.

  • Grace

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