Since very ancient times, Christians of all ages and places have observed the season of Lent.  Throughout that long history, it has always been a time for spiritual renewal in anticipation of the great feast of Easter, the center of the church’s year.  The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

Our worship includes prayers, songs, readings, and a message.  You can worship by viewing the videos, reading the words, singing the songs, or simply listening. Whether you are alone or with others, we hope that you can feel each other’s presence, and the presence of God, as we worship together. 

announcements & call to worship

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God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, in this season of Lent, help us to listen to your voice as you bring us together, on these screens, united by your spirit.  In this time and in the coming days, give us provision for the journey, courage and faith and compassion, and endurance to face any hardship. Open our eyes to see you walking beside us, protecting us, encouraging us, loving us. We pray this in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Opening Song                                     

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In peace, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy. 

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy. 

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy. 

For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy. 

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:  have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father:  receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.  O God, rich in mercy, you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Numbers 21:4-9

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4From Mount Hor [the Israelites] set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” 6Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Children’s Moment

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Gospel and Message                 
John 3:14-21

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[Jesus said:] 14“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Hymn of the Day         
God So Loved the World

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God so loved the world.  God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so believeth believeth in Him should not perish should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world.  God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world.  But that the world through Him might be saved.

God so loved the world.  God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so believeth believeth in Him should not perish should not perish, but have everlasting life.  Everlasting life, Everlasting life.

God so loved the world.  God so loved the world.  God so loved the world

Thanksgiving for the Word: Lent

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Holy God, our living Water, our faithful Companion, our true Guide, by your Word you created a world with rivers and seas, wells and springs, and in mercy you provided water for your people in the wilderness. For your Word with the water of baptism, we thank you, O God.

We praise you for Christ, who joined us in our desert, calling us to righteousness, granting forgiveness, and walking with us into newness of life. For Jesus, your gracious Word, we glorify you, O God.

Through these days of Lent we plead for your Spirit, that strengthened by your Word, we may care for others and for the world you made, and work for justice and peace for all. For your Word in our hearts and minds, we praise you, O God.

Receive our thanksgiving, and grant us your blessing, Holy God, now and forever. Amen.


Held together in one body by the Spirit of Christ, let us pray for the church and the world, and all who are in need.

O God, preserve your church through good times and bad. Empower spiritual leaders and all ministries of service for their work throughout this pandemic. Bless Lutherans around the world, our ecumenical partners, and everyone preparing for baptism at Easter.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

In Brazil and wherever COVID-19 rages, send healing. In Myanmar and wherever tyranny rules, restore human rights. In Nigeria and wherever there is domestic terrorism, send concord. In Ethiopia and wherever there is bloodshed, bring peace. In Yemen and wherever people starve, give food and water. In the United States and wherever there is discrimination, inspire all residents to honor one another and to strive for justice. Prosper the work of those who care for victims of violence, and grant legislators wisdom in decision-making.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Give rest and welcome to migrants. Bring run-aways to places of safety. Protect all who are incarcerated. Provide caring families to children who seek adoption. Give comfort to those who are lonely.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Deliver all who suffer from disaster, hunger, disease, and despair, and those we name here before you. . . Lord, hear our prayer. 

We praise you for all the saints who have lived and died in Christ.  We remember before you all who have died from COVID-19. At the end, bring us with them into life in your presence.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

To you, O God, our only God, we entrust all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our loving Lord.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.


You are what God made you to be: created in Christ Jesus for good works, chosen as holy and beloved, freed to serve your neighbor. God bless you that you may be a blessing, in the name of the holy and life-giving Trinity. Amen.


Go in peace. Share the good news. 

Thanks be to God.

Worship Assistants

Music:  Lori, Danielle, Darcy
Message: Pastor Kristin
Reader: Nate
Children’s Moment: Maddy Jo

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