April 1, 2020 - Lent Midweek 5

Hidden - The Role of Suffering?

Hymns led by Lauren Braton (pause the video between songs)

420   Christ, the Life of All the Living

1     Christ, the Life of all the living, Christ the Death of death, our foe, Who Thyself for us once giving To the darkest depths of woe, Through Thy suff’rings, death, and merit I eternal life inherit.  Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

6     Then, for all that wrought my pardon, For Thy sorrows deep and sore, For Thine anguish in the Garden, I will thank Thee evermore; Thank Thee for Thy groaning, sighing, For thy bleeding and Thy dying, For that last triumphant cry, And shall praise Thee, Lord, on high. 

                                                                                                                   Text and tune: Public domain

(P)     O Lord, open my lips,                  

(C)     and my mouth will declare Your praise.

(P)     Make haste, O God, to deliver me;

(C)     make haste to help me, O Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Praise to You, O Christ, Lamb of our salvation.


(P)   Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth.

(C)   Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

(P)   Unite my heart to fear Your name that I may walk in Your truth.

(C)   Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

(P)   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

(C)   Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 130
Passion Reading:  “Jesus before Herod” + “Pilate-Look at the Man” 

The priests and the crowd kept urging Pilate: “He stirs up the people by teaching all over Judea, beginning in Galilee and coming here.” 

When Pilate heard that, he asked, “Is the Man from Galilee?”  And when he found out that Jesus came from the country ruled by Herod, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod, who also was in Jerusalem at that time. 

Herod was very glad to see Jesus. For a long time he wanted to see Him because he was hearing about Him, and he was hoping to see Jesus work some miraculous sign.  He asked Him many questions, but Jesus did not answer him.  

The ruling priests and the scribes were standing there and accusing Him vehemently. Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt and made fun of Him.  They put a splendid garment on Him and then sent Him back to Pilate.  On that day Herod and Pilate became friends. Before this they had been enemies.  

Then Pilate called the ruling priests, the other leaders, and the people together.  He told them: “You brought me this Man as one who turns the people against the government.  And now look, I have examined this Man before you and found Him innocent of the things of which you accuse Him.  And Herod did too, because he sent Him back to us. You see, He has not done anything to deserve death. So I am going to have Him whipped and then let Him go.”  

After the whipping the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the palace and they called together the whole troop of soldiers around Him. They took off His clothes and put a scarlet robe on Him. They twisted some thorns into a crown, placed it on His head, and put a stick in His right hand. Then they went up to Jesus, knelt before Him, and worshipped Him.  

Making fun of Him they began to greet Him: “Hail, King of the Jews!” After having spit on Him, they took the stick and began to beat Him on the head with it, and slapped His face.  

Jesus came outside with Pilate---He was wearing the purple robe and the crown of thorns.  

Pilate said to the crowd: “Look at the Man! Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I do not find Him guilty of anything.” 

The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to it, He deserves to die because He has claimed to be the Son of God.”  

When Pilate heard them say this, he was frightened more than ever. 

He went back into the palace and asked Jesus: “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer.  Pilate asked Him: “Aren’t You going to speak to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to free You or the authority to crucify You?” 

Jesus answered: “You would not have any authority over Me if it had not been given to you from above. That is why the man who handed Me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 

This made Pilate anxious to let Jesus go; but the Jews shouted: “If you let Him go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who makes himself a king is speaking against Caesar.” 

Pilate tried again to set Jesus free, but the crowd just shouted, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” 

When Pilate saw he was not getting anywhere, but that a riot was breaking out instead, Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd. “I am innocent of this Man’s blood.” 

And all the people said: “His blood be upon us and on our children.” 

So Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified and they led Him out.  


438 A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth  

1. A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, The guilt of sinners bearing; And laden with the sins of earth, None else the burden sharing! Goes patient on, grow weak and faint, To slaughter led without complaint, That spotless life to offer; He bears the stripes, the wounds, the lies, the mockery and yet replies, “All this I gladly suffer." 

2. This Lamb is Christ, the soul's great Friend, The Lamb of God, our Savior; Whom God the Father chose to send To gain for us His favor. "Go forth, My Son," the Father said, "And free my children from their dread of guilt and condemnation. The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, But by Your Passion they will share The fruit of Your salvation." 

4. Lord, when Your glory I shall see And taste Your kingdom's pleasure, Your blood my royal robe shall be, My joy beyond all measure! When I appear before Your throne, Your righteousness shall be my crown; With these I need not hide me. And there, in garments richly wrought As Your own bride, we shall be brought To stand in joy beside You. 

(Tune: Public domain Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003380)

Reading                                                                                 Habakkuk 3:16-19
Reading                                                                                   John 19:30


Sermon~ "Hiding in Plain Sight"   

(P)     Let my prayer rise before You as incense,

(C)     and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Lord’s Prayer

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.

(P)   O Lord, hear my prayer. 

(C)    And let my cry come to You.

Collect of the Day

(P)     Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

(C)   Amen.

Collect for Peace

(P)       O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

(C)   Amen.

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.


(P)      Let us bless the Lord.   

(C)     Thanks be to God.


(P)   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

(C)   Amen.

433  Glory Be to Jesus  

1.  Glory be to Jesus, who, in bitter pains poured for me the lifeblood from his sacred veins!

2.  Grace and life eternal in that blood I find; blest be his compassion, infinitely kind!

3.  Blest thro' endless ages be the precious stream which from endless torments did the world redeem!

4.  Abel's blood for vengeance pleaded to the skies; but the blood of Jesus for our pardon cries.

5.  Oft as earth exulting wafts its praise on high, angel hosts rejoicing make their glad reply.

6.  Lift we, then, our voices, swell the mighty flood, louder still and louder praise the precious blood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Text and tune: Public domain