March 25, 2020 - Lent Midweek 4

Hidden - What Is Truth?

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     Thou hast suffered great affliction, And hast borne it patiently, Even death by crucifixion, Fully to atone for me; Thou didst choose to be tormented That my doom should be prevented.  Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

                                                                                                                                                  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.

Psalm 142

(P)   With my voice I cry out to the Lord;

(C)   with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.

(P)   I pour out my complaint before him;

(C)   I tell my trouble before him.

(P)   When my spirit faints within me,

(C)   you know my way!

(P)   In the path where I walk

(C)   they have hidden a tra(P)   for me.

(P)   Look to the right and see:

(C)   there is none who takes notice of me;

(P)   no refuge remains to me;

(C)   no one cares for my soul.

(P)   I cry to you, O Lord;

(C)   I say, “You are my refuge,

(P)   my portion in the land of the living.”

(C)   Attend to my cry, 

(P)   for I am brought very low! 

(C)   Deliver me from my persecutors,

(P)   for they are too strong for me!

(C)   Bring me out of prison, 

(P)   that I may give thanks to your name!

(C)   The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Passion Reading:                                                             “Second Meeting with Sanhedrin” + “On Trial before Pilate”

As soon as it was morning, all the ruling priests and the elders of the people and the scribes, that is, the whole Jewish council, had a meeting.  They brought Jesus before their council and asked, “Are You the Christ?  Tell us!”  

He said to them: “If I tell you, you will not believe Me. And if I ask you a question, you will not answer.  But from now on the Son of Man will be sitting at the right hand of the power of God.” 

Then all of them asked, “Are You then the Son of God?”  

He answered them, “As you say, I AM He.”  

“Why do we need any more testimony?" they said. "We ourselves have heard Him say it.” 

Then the entire assembly decided to put Jesus to death.  They stood up, bound Jesus, took Him from Caiaphas to the palace and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.  It was early in the morning. To keep from becoming unclean (they wanted to celebrate the Passover), the Jews themselves did not go into the palace.  

So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What accusation are you bringing against this Man?”  

They answered him, “If He were not a criminal, we would not have handed Him over to you.”  

Pilate therefore told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”  

The Jews answered him, “We are not permitted to execute anyone.”  In this way the statement that Jesus made when He predicted how He would die was fulfilled.  

Then they began to accuse Him: “We found that He makes our people disloyal, keeps them from paying taxes to the emperor, and says He is Christ, a King.” 

Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. Jesus stood before the governor.  Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”  

“Did you think of that yourself,” Jesus asked, “or did others tell you about Me.”  

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate asked. “Your own people and the ruling priests handed You over to me. What did You do?”  

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom does not belong to this world. If My Kingdom belonged in this world, My helpers would fight to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews. But now My Kingdom is not of this world.”  

“Then you are a king?”, Pilate asked Him.  

Jesus answered: “You are correct in saying that I am a king.  I was born and came into the world for this very reason, that I might testify to the truth.  Everyone who lives in the truth listens to Me.”  

Pilate asked Him, “WHAT IS TRUTH?”  

After saying this, Pilate went out to the Jews again and told the ruling priests and the crowd, “I do not find this Man guilty of anything.”  

While the ruling priests and elders were accusing Him, He said nothing.  

“Don’t You have anything to say to this?”  Pilate asked Him again.  “Don’t You hear how many charges they are bringing against You?”  

But Jesus did not answer him anymore in regard to a single thing that was said, so that Pilate was very much surprised.

439   O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken  (Lauren Braton - mark 2:42)

  1. O dearest Jesus, what law hast thou broken
    That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
    Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, --
    What dark transgression?
  2. They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;
    With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee;
    They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee;
    They crucify Thee.
  3. Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
    It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
    Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
    This I do merit.
  4. What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!
    The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;
    The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him,
    Who would not know Him.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Text and tune: Public domain
Reading                                                                                 Habakkuk 3:2–6

O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels. He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.


Reading                                                                                   John 19:28–29

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.


439 O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken  (Lauren Braton - mark 5:50)

     7.  O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,
          That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!
          All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying
          While Thou wert dying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Text and tune: Public domain

Sermon~ "Hidden—What is Truth?"   


(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.

(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, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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 T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

(C)   Amen.

439 O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken  (Lauren Braton - mark 6:25)

12. I'll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing,
      That earth's vain joys to me no more be pleasing;
      To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor
      Henceforth forever.

15. And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven
      To me the crown of joy at last is given,
      Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee,
      I, too, shall praise Thee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Text and tune: Public domain