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October 24, 2021

We are all blind beggars until we receive our sight in Christ

In the first stanza of the hymn “Amazing Grace” we confess, “I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see!” (LSB 744). When we say we were lost, we may think of the parable of the prodigal son. We mean that apart from God, like the rest of the world, we do not truly know our real spiritual need. Likewise, the blindness we confess is our condition apart from the enlightenment of God’s word and deliverance. Blind Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel, by the enlightenment of God’s Word, believed that Jesus as the “son of David” is the divine agent, the Son of God come to save. He had heard through Isaiah the prophet that one of the first things the Messiah will do would be to open blind eyes (Isaiah 35:5). With this blind man, we come today with the heartfelt prayer “have mercy on me” and discover more. Our eyes are enlightened to see God’s mercy as we join this man and Jesus’ disciples following Him in the way, on the road to Jerusalem. There we discover the mercy and gracious reign and rule of God in the mighty suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord of life.


OPENING HYMN: O Holy Spirit, Enter In


Pastor:            In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People           Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION           Mark 10:48, 52

Pastor:            Our help is in the name of the Lord.

People:          Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

Pastor:            Let us confess our greatest need to God, our merciful Father.

People:          Merciful God, we confess that we are in the darkness of the fallen world by our own sin, our failure to keep Your holy Commandments in our thoughts, words, and deeds, as well as the good we have failed to do. Deliver us from the darkness of death by the light of Your Son’s saving death on the cross and the power of His resurrection. Speak now Your divine Word of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Amen.

Pastor:            In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

+ WORD +

PSALM           Psalm 126 (spoken responsively)

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

            we were like those who dream.

2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

            and our tongue with shouts of joy;

then they said among the nations,

            “The Lord has done great things for them.”

3The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.

4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,

            like streams in the Negeb!

5Those who sow in tears

            shall reap with shouts of joy!

6He who goes out weeping,

            bearing the seed for sowing,

shall come home with shouts of joy,

            bringing his sheaves with him.

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.

KYRIE,LSB p.186 (spoken together)

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:            Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and hear us. Call us to Yourself today, and grant us healing, hope, life, and salvation. Grant us also the strength of faith to take up our cross and follow You, who lives and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING         Jeremiah 31:7–9      

(The Lord will turn mourning to joy.)

7 Thus says the Lord:
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
            and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
            ‘O Lord, save your people,
            the remnant of Israel.’
8Behold, I will bring them from the north country
            and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
            the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together;
            a great company, they shall return here.
9With weeping they shall come,
            and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
I will make them walk by brooks of water,
            in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel,
            and Ephraim is my firstborn.”

Lector:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL     Psalm 91:11; 103:1

He will command His angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

EPISTLE         Hebrews 7:23–28     

(Jesus, our perfect High Priest forever)

            23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

            26For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

Lector:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God.

VERSE             Hebrews 12:2a

Alleluia. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL          Mark 10:46–52         

(Jesus heals Bartimaeus.)

Pastor:            The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the tenth chapter.

People:          Glory to You, O Lord.

            46They came to Jericho. And as [Jesus] was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:          Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN OF THE DAY: Amazing Grace

SERMON: We are all blind beggars until we receive our sight in Christ


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth
            and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only-begotten Son of God,
      begotten of His Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father,
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
      and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
      and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered and was buried.
      And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
            and ascended into heaven
      and sits at the right hand of the Father.
      And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord and giver of life,
      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
      who spoke by the prophets.
      And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
      I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
      and I look for the resurrection of the dead
      and the life + of the world to come. Amen.


After each petition:

Pastor:      … Lord, in Your mercy:

People:    hear our prayer.

At conclusion:

Pastor:      … through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:    Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER      Matthew 6:9–13

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.


Pastor:            Let us pray.
O God, the helper of all who call on You, have mercy on us and give us eyes of faith to see Your Son that we may follow Him on the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.

BENEDICTION         Numbers 6:24–26

Pastor:            The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

People:          Amen.


Pastor:            Go in peace! Serve the Lord!

People:          Thanks be to God.

CLOSING HYMN: Children of the Heavenly Father

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