440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432 

Pastor Thomsen                                                                                Amanda Stacy, DCE

(906) 250-2132                                                                                   (402) 650-3132




Saturday Evening Worship                5:00 p.m.

Sunday Early Worship                         8:30 a.m.

Sunday Late Worship                        10:45 a.m.


                     FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

     March 26, 2023                   10:45 Worship Service




OPENING HYMN:    “Rise, Shine, You People”

Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered

Our human story; God in him is centered.
He comes to us, by death and sin surrounded, With grace unbounded.

See how He sends the pow’rs of evil reeling;
He brings us freedom, light and life and healing.
All men and women, who by guilt are driven, Now are forgiven.

Come, celebrate, your banners high unfurling,
Your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling.
To all the world go out and tell the story Of Jesus’ glory.

Tell how the Father sent His Son to save us.
Tell of the Son, who life and freedom gave us.
Tell how the Spirit calls from ev’ry nation His new creation.



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

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,

People:      Your faithfulness to the clouds.

Pastor:       How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!

People:      The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Pastor:       They feast on the abundance of Your house,

People:      and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.

Pastor:       For with You is the fountain of life;

People:      in Your light do we see light.


Pastor:       Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       Humble yourselves before God, confess your sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness.

People:      Almighty God, merciful Father, we acknowledge our sinful nature and repent of our sins—those of which we are not aware and those we know full well. We do not love You and other people as we ought. We are often careless with Your creation and heedless in choosing the proper priorities of our lives. Yet it is our intent to say and do that which honors You. For the sake of Jesus grant us Your forgiveness so that, as Your redeemed people, we may be fit places for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and may serve You in time and in eternity.

Pastor:       God be gracious to you and strengthen your faith. In the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in peace.

People:      Amen.


Pastor:       The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Pastor:       Let us pray.



Pastor:       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.

People:      Amen       

OLD TESTAMENT READING:   Isaiah 19:19-25

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. 21 And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. 22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them. 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

Reader:    This is the Word of the Lord.                               

People:    Thanks be to God.


EPISTLE READING:                            Ephesians 2:14-18

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Reader:      This is the Word of the Lord.                               

People:     Thanks be to God.          


RESPONSIVE PSALM:                     Psalm 130

Pastor:       O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption.

People:      Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!

Pastor:       O Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

People:      If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Pastor:       But with You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared.

People:      I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;

Pastor:       my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

People:      O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption.

Pastor:       And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

All:            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.



                  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 Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.


HOLY GOSPEL:                       Luke 24:45-47

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Pastor:       This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ  




SERMON HYMN:   “By Faith”

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight
               By faith our fathers roamed the earth
               With the power of His promise in their hearts
               Of a holy city built by God's own hand

               A place where peace and justice reign

Chorus We will stand as children of the promise
              We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
              Till the race is finished and the work is done
              We'll walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth     Repeat Chorus

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name             Repeat Chorus







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:       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.


CLOSING HYMN:   “Jesus Shall Reign”

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And endless praises crown His head;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With ev’ry morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Blessings abound where'er He reigns:
The pris’ners leap, unloose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blest.

Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
Honors peculiar to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,

And earth repeat the loud amen.


Pastor:       Go in peace. Serve the Lord.    

People:      Thanks be to God!