Readings & prayers for Sunday March 22nd

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22 2020

St. John’s Lutheran Church

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Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:14-21

14 For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant. 15 I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools. 16 And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. 17 They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods.” Israel’s Failure to Hear and See 18 Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! 19 Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send?Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the Lord? 20 He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.21 The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.

R: This is the word of the Lord,

C: Thanks be to God!

The Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

8At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

R: This is the word of the Lord,

C: Thanks be to God!

The Holy Gospel: John 15:1-5

1”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

P: This is the Gospel of our Lord,

C: Praise be to You, O Christ

** In Our Thoughts and Prayers** 3/22/2020

Members of St. John’s: Karen Carey

Kay Minwell Roger Carpenter Mary Lu Proulx Don Arnold Laura Hammerick Larry & Audrey Helfer Jack Paterson Chuck Thomas Bob Purvis Kathy Carpenter

Homebound Members:

Family and Friends:

Grampa Kenneth (Schneider family)

Dean Snyder (Doug’s brother)

Jo Donohue (Friend of Shawn Patience)

Deborah Kuehnert (Don Kuehnert’s Sister)

Jack Garlock (Carpenter’s dear friend)

TJ DuVall (family of Jan & Al Plumb)

Evelyn Suppo (Our Organist)

Terry Bauer (Bauer Family)

Sue Mattison (friend of Barb and Nels Case)

Jessica Schaefer (Eric Smith’s niece)

Kathleen Goodberlet (Granddaughter of Bauers)

Jenny Trynkus-Makas & Holly Perry (friends of Delehantys)

Julia Mann (friend of Smiths)

MeKenna Ramsey (Barnes friend)

Elaine Flint (Friend of Izzy Braun)

For Additions or Changes, Call Jean Heberle: (315)538-0373

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