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Amazing Grace

Lent Worship Series

Week 5:  Paul

Order of Service

Open Hymn# 707 Oh, That The Lord would Guide My Ways

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus  came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15

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?

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.

The sinless Son of God must die in sadness;  The sinful child of man may live in gladness; Man forfeited his life and is acquitted; God is committed.

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.

Call to Worship … Psalm 103:8-14

P   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C  Amen.

P   The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

C  He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.

P   He does not deal with us according to our sins,

C  Nor repay us according to our iniquities.

P   For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

C  As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

P   As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

C  For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Confession and Absolution

P   The Lord remembers that we are dust. He knows our fallen sinfulness and calls us to repent of our sins. Paul, who once persecuted the church, rejoiced in the grace he received and the mercy shown to him. Let us confess our sins to God and ask that he would show mercy to us.

C  Almighty God, with Paul we too are foremost in sin. We sin against you daily. With our words and actions, we hurt others, even those in the body of Christ, our brothers and sisters in faith. We turn from your Word and your ways to follow the path of our own sinful desires. Have mercy on us and forgive us.

P   The Lord remembers that we are dust; he knows our sinful frame. He has shown grace to his servant Paul and to us through the gift of his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus took our sins onto himself and carried them to the cross. I announce to you that your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

C  God does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Lamb of God, pure and holy who on the cross didst suffer,  Ever patient and lowly, thyself to scorn didst offer. All sins thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us: Have mercy on us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

Old Testament Reading … Isaiah 53:1-6

Who has believed what he has heard from us?    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?For he grew up before him like a young plant,  and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men,    a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f] he was despised, and we esteemed him not.Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Epistle Reading … 1 Timothy 1:12-17

 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.[a] Amen.

Gospel Reading … Mark 2:13-17

He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of[a] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[b] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”Chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed his blood for me,  Died that I might live on high, lives that I might never die, As the branch is to the vine, I am his, and he is mine.Oh, the height of Jesus’ love, higher than the heav’ns above,  Deeper than the depths of sea, lasting as eternity! Love that found me—wondrous thought! Found me when I sought him not.


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

The Lord has promised good to me, his Word my hope secures;  He will my Shield and Portion be, as long as life endures.

 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,  I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.

Apostles’ Creed

C  I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


P   Almighty God, you showed grace to Paul, who called himself the foremost of sinners. You have shown grace to us, even though we are sinners undeserving of your love and forgiveness. During this Lenten season and always, lead us by your Spirit to true repentance. Gracious Lord,

C  Have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

P   Almighty God, you sent your Son to be our Savior. He carried our sins in his own body to the cross and by his wounds we are healed. Lead us to forgive others as we have been forgiven, so that by the witness of our words and our lives, they too will come to believe in Jesus and receive your healing forgiveness. Gracious Lord,

C  Have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

P   Almighty God, we pray for your servants who are in need of physical healing. Hold them in your loving care and shield them from doubt and fear. Comfort them through the promises of your holy Word and lead us to find ways to serve them in their time of need. Gracious Lord,

C  Have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

P   Almighty God, you called Paul, who once persecuted your church, to be an ambassador for Christ the King. You have called us to reflect the light of our Lord in this dark world and to defend the hope that we have in him. By the power of your Spirit make us bold witnesses for Jesus so that others will believe in him as their Savior. Gracious Lord,

C  Have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

P   Almighty God, in the life of your servant Paul and in our own lives, you have displayed your mercy and perfect patience. We rejoice in your love and grace as we seek to witness to our Lord with our words and actions until we live forever in your presence. Gracious Lord,

C  Have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

P   Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Benediction (Isaiah 53:6; Numbers 6:24-26)

P   He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

C  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

P   The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

C  Amen.

Baptized into your name most holy, O Father, Son and Holy Ghost,  I claim a place, though weak and lowly, among your saints, your chosen host. Buried with Christ and dead to sin, your Spirit now shall live within.

My faithful God, you fail me never; your promise surely will endure.  O cast me not away forever if words and deeds become impure. Have mercy when I come defiled; forgive, lift up, restore your child.

Closing Hymn

Closing Hymn # 744 Amazing Grace

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