Fifth Sunday in Lent

During this season of Lent, virtual, recorded worship will continue to be available on the Augustana website on Sunday mornings. As always, during these challenging times, contact Pastor Goede if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to visit.

The order of worship is below:

  • Greeting
  • Gathering Song, Kyrie, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) Setting Eight
  • Prayer of the Day
  • First Reading, 1 Samuel 16:1-13. The Shepherd Boy
  • Psalm 119:9-16
  • Second Reading, Hebrews 5:5-10
  • Gospel Acclamation, Return to the Lord Your God
  • Gospel, John 12:20-33
  • Sermon
  • Hymne of the Day, Seed that in Earth is Dying, ELW #330
  • Prayers of the People
  • Confession & Forgiveness
  • Peace
  • Dialogue and Preface
  • Sanctus
  • Thanksgiving at the Table
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Invitation to Communion
  • Communion
  • Communion Meditation, Your Only Son
  • Prayer After Communion
  • Blessing
  • Dismissal

Notes on Today’s Service

This Lent, our Confession of Sin falls at the end of the Prayers of the People and just before the celebration of the meal, tying the proclamation of forgiveness to the tangible sign of forgiveness in the Sacrament of the Altar.

We also continue to hear stories from the Hebrew Scriptures that are not normally in the lectionary, stories that may be unfamiliar to us. Our First Reading, from Samuel as re-told by Sandol Stoddard in the Doubleday Illustrated Children’s Bible, with accompanying art-work by Tony Chen, tells the story of the death of Eli and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant.

Thank you to this week’s lector,JoRachel Pierce, and to Joe Klonowski, who sings the Kyrie. Padraig McGuire served as both videographer and cantor, Seminarian Rajeev Geddam preaches and Pastor Nancy Goede presides.

During the Pandemic

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We encourage you to share the Peace of Christ with your neighbors by calling them, e-mailing them, or reaching out through Facebook.