Prelude Isaiah in a Vision Did of Old, setting by Lynn L. Petersen
Isaiah in a vision did of old,
The Lord of hosts enthroned on high behold:
His splendid train was wide out-spread until
Its streaming glory did the temple fill.
translation of Jesaia, dem Propheten, a text by Martin Luther
Welcome and Greeting
Hymn Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (# 378 in Psalter Hymnal)
Psalter: Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 (NRSV) (read responsively) Paul Kuhn
1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.
4We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
12In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
13He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap.
14In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all night long with a fiery light.
15He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
Prayer for Illumination Paul Kuhn
First Lesson: Isaiah 56:1-8 (NRSV) Paul Kuhn
Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. 2Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.
3Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dry tree.” 4For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. 6And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— 7these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.
Lector: “This is the Word of the Lord.”
Congregation: “Thanks be to God for His Word.”
Special Music Anna Johnson — Soloist
Q. 27. How was Christ humiliated?
A. Christ was humiliated by becoming human, by experiencing the anger of God and the curse of death on the cross, and by remaining dead for a time.
Q. 28. How is Christ exalted?
A. Christ is exalted by rising from the dead, sitting at God's right hand, and judging the world at the last day.
Questions adapted from the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Hymn We Will Glorify (vs. 1,3,4) (# 65 in Supplemental Hymnal)
Second Lesson: Mark 11:1-25 (NRSV)
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
12On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
15Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
But you have made it a den of robbers.”
18And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. 19And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
20In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. 24So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
Sermon “Jesus Entered the Temple” Pastor Andrew Winter