Third Sunday in Lent: We Worship the
Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit
and Truth of His Gospel
Exodus 17:1–7; John 4:5–30, 39–42; Romans
5:1-8; Psalm 95:1-9
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
John 4:5–26 (27–30, 39–42)
or John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39
We Worship the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit and Truth of His Gospel
Though the Lord had brought them out of Egypt, “all the congregation of the people of Israel”
grumbled against Him, because “there was no water for the people to drink” (Ex. 17:1).
Despite their quarreling, the Lord graciously provided for them. He did not strike the people for
their sins, but by the hand of Moses He struck the Rock instead and brought forth water for the
people. In the same way living water flows from the pierced side of Christ “about the sixth
hour” (John 4:6, 19:14), when He is lifted up on the Cross for the sins of the world. He is “the
gift of God” (John 4:10), the Well from which the Holy Spirit is poured out and becomes in His
people “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). By this grace in which we
stand, being at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we “worship the Father in spirit
and truth” (John 4:23). “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” because “God’s love has been
poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:2, 5).
•How do you intend to
seek soul restoration
1 May God bestow on us His grace,
With blessings rich provide us;
And may the brightness of His face
To life eternal guide us,
That we His saving health may know,
His gracious will and pleasure,
And also to the heathen show
Christ's riches without measure
And unto God convert them.
2 Thine over all shall be the praise
And thanks of ev'ry nation;
And all the world with joy shall raise
The voice of exultation.
For Thou shalt judge the earth, O Lord,
Nor suffer sin to flourish;
Thy people's pasture is Thy Word
Their souls to feed and nourish,
In rightous paths to keep them.
3 O let the people praise Thy worth,
In all good works increasing;
The land shall plenteous fruit bring forth,
Thy Word is rich in blessing.
May God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit bless us!
Let all the world praise Him alone;
Let solemn awe possess us.
Now let our hearts say "Amen!"
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray for rest.
Let us pray to the Father who has
given us the water of eternal life
in His Son.
Father of glory, only the gift of
Your Spirit quenches the thirst of
man. Look in mercy on all the
ways Your Church seeks to bring
the fountain of living water to the
world, and prosper the preaching
of repentance and forgiveness.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our
O holy One, You call us to
worship You in spirit and in truth.
Deliver Your people from drawing
near to You with their lips, while
their hearts are far from You.
Renew our faltering worship and
make our praise a sacrifice
acceptable to You in Your Son‘s
Welcoming God, Your Son‘s
embrace of the outcast was
limitless. Break down all the
barriers that would keep us from
sharing Your acceptance and love
with others, and help us to
treasure and value each person as
one who is precious to You
through Your Son‘s sacrifice…
Providing God, forgive us for all
the times we grumble or are
forgetful or doubtful of Your
promised provision, and increase
our faith that we might trust You
Gentle One, Your Son does not
quench the smoldering wick.
Remember in mercy all those who
struggle with fear and doubts, and
strengthen them through Your
Word and promises…
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray for rest.
Ruler of all, You have commanded
us to pray for those in authority.
Look in kindness on our president,
our public servants and all our
armed forces. Move them to serve
according to Your will, being a
blessing to our nation and the
nations of the world…
Healing God, no sickness, sorrow
or death is stronger than Your
almighty love. Into Your hands,
then, we commend all who have
asked for our prayers [especially
___________]. Grant them
restoration, peace and a share in
Your unquenchable joy…
Nourishing One, You provide us
not only with the goods of this
world, but with food from the age
to come, the holy body and blood
of Your Son, risen from the dead,
seated at Your right hand. Grant
that all who partake of this feast
today may be strengthened to set
their hope fully on the grace to be
revealed on the day of His
Faithful Keeper of every promise,
Your Son has told us that whoever
believes in Him shall never die.
With joy we thank You for those
who live in Him, though their
bodies rest in the earth. Bring us to
the unspeakable joys they know in
Your nearer presence…
All these things, O Lover of
mankind, we ask in the name of
Him who did not shun the cross,
but embraced it to give us the life
that never ends, even Jesus, our
Lord, who lives and reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever. Amen.
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We Worship the Father of Our Lord Jesus
Christ in the Spirit and Truth of His Gospel
Water from the Rock
17 All the congregation of the people of Israel
moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages,
according to the commandment of the LORD,
and camped at Rephidim, but there was no
water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the
people quarreled with Moses and said, ―Give us
water to drink.‖ And Moses said to them, ―Why
do you quarrel with me? Why do you test
the LORD?‖ 3 But the people thirsted there for
water, and the people grumbled against Moses
and said, ―Why did you bring us up out of
Egypt, to kill us and our children and our
livestock with thirst?‖ 4 So Moses cried to
the LORD, ―What shall I do with this people?
They are almost ready to stone me.‖ 5 And
the LORD said to Moses, ―Pass on before the
people, taking with you some of the elders of
Israel, and take in your hand the staff
with which you struck the Nile, and
go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the
rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and
water shall come out of it, and the people will
drink.‖ And Moses did so, in the sight of the
elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the
placeMassah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the
quarreling of the people of Israel, and because
they tested the LORD by saying, ―Is
the LORD among us or not?‖
Peace with God Through Faith
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by
faith, we[a] have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ.2 Through him we have
also obtained access by faith[b] into this
grace in which we stand,
and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of
God. 3 Not only that, but werejoice in our
sufferings, knowing that suffering produces
endurance, 4 and endurance produces
character, and character produces
hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame,
because God's love has been poured into our
hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been
given to us. 6 For while we were still weak,
at the right time Christ died for the
ungodly.7 For one will scarcely die for a
righteous person—though perhaps for a
good person one would dare even to die—
8 but God shows his love for us in thatwhile
we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the
field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well
was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was
sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.[a] 7 A
woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to
her, ―Give me a drink.‖ 8 (For his disciples had gone away
into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to
him, ―How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a
woman of Samaria?‖ (For Jews have no dealings with
Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, ―If you knew the gift of
God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‗Give me a drink,‘
you would have asked him, and he would have given
you living water.‖ 11 The woman said to him, ―Sir, you have
nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do
you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father
Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did
his sons and his livestock.‖ 13 Jesus said to her, ―Everyone
who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 butwhoever
drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty
again.[b]The water that I will give him will become in him a
spring of water welling up to eternal life.‖ 15 The woman
said to him, ―Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be
thirsty or have to come here to draw water.‖
16 Jesus said to her, ―Go, call your husband, and come
here.‖ 17 The woman answered him, ―I have no husband.‖
Jesus said to her, ―You are right in saying, ‗I have no
husband‘; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one
you now have is not your husband. What you have said is
true.‖ 19 The woman said to him, ―Sir, I perceive that you
area prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped onthis mountain, but
you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to
worship.‖ 21 Jesus said to her,―Woman, believe me, the hour
is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem
will you worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not
know;we worship what we know, for salvation is from the
Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the
true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God
is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit
and truth.‖ 25 The woman said to him, ―I know thatMessiah
is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will
tell us all things.‖ 26 Jesus said to her, ―I who speak to you
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he
was talking with a woman, but no one said, ―What do you
seek?‖ or, ―Why are you talking with her?‖ 28 So the woman
left her water jar and went away into town and said to the
people, 29 ―Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did.
Can this be the Christ?‖ 30 They went out of the town and
were coming to him.
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because
of the woman's testimony, ―He told me all that I ever
did.‖ 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked
him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And
many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the
woman, ―It is no longer because of what you said that we
believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that
this is indeed the Savior of the world.‖
Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
95 Oh come, let us sing to
let us make a joyful noise
tothe rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence
let us make a joyful noise to
him with songs of praise!
3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all
4 In his hand are the depths of
the heights of the mountains
are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the
6 Oh come, let us worship and
let us kneel before
the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts,
as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in
9 when your fathers put me to
and put me to the proof,
though they had seen
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
By His Word of the Gospel, Jesus
Calls Us Out of the Darkness into
His Marvelous Light
Isaiah 42:14–21 Israel‘s Failure
to Hear and See
Ephesians 5:8–14 Walk in
John 9:1–41 Jesus Heals a
Man Born Blind
Psalm 142 You Are My Refuge
Isaiah 42:14–21; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41; John 9:1–7,
13–17, 34–39; Psalm 142
14 For a long time I have held my peace;
I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor;
I will gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn the rivers into islands,[a]
and dry up the pools.
16 And I will lead the blind
in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
and I do not forsake them.
17 They are turned back and utterly put to shame,
who trust in carved idols,
who say to metal images,
―You are our gods.‖
Israel's Failure to Hear and See
18 Hear, you deaf,
and look, you blind, that you may see!
19 Who is blind but my servant,
or deaf as my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as my dedicated one,[b]
or blind as the servant of the LORD?
20 He sees many things, but does not observe them;
his ears are open, but he does not hear.
21 The LORD was pleased, for his righteousness' sake,
to magnify his law and make it glorious.
8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the
Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in
all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is
pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in theunfruitful works of
darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to
speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is
exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that
becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
―Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.‖
9 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his
disciples asked him, ―Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?‖ 3 Jesus answered, ―It was not that this
man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be
displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent
me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As
long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.‖ 6 Having
said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the
saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said
to him, ―Go, wash in the pool of Siloam‖ (which means Sent).
So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar
were saying, ―Is this not the man who used to sit and
beg?‖ 9 Some said, ―It is he.‖ Others said, ―No, but he is like
him.‖ He kept saying, ―I am the man.‖ 10 So they said to him,
―Then how were your eyes opened?‖ 11 He answered, ―The man
called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to
me, ‗Go to Siloam and wash.‘ So I went and washed and
received my sight.‖ 12 They said to him, ―Where is he?‖ He said,
―I do not know.‖
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been
blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud
and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he
had received his sight. And he said to them, ―He put mud on my
eyes, and I washed, and I see.‖ 16 Some of the Pharisees said,
―This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.‖
But others said, ―How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?‖
And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to
the blind man, ―What do you say about him, since he has opened
your eyes?‖ He said, ―He is a prophet.‖
18 The Jews[a] did not believe that he had been blind and had
received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who
had received his sight 19 and asked them, ―Is this your son, who
you say was born blind? How then does he now see?‖ 20 His
parents answered, ―We know that this is our son and that he was
born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we
know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak
for himself.‖ 22 (His parents said these things because they feared
the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone
should confess Jesus[b] to be Christ, he was to be put out of the
synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, ―He is of age; ask
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind
and said to him, ―Give glory to God. We know thatthis man is a
sinner.‖ 25 He answered, ―Whether he is a sinner I do not know.
One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I
see.‖ 26 They said to him, ―What did he do to you? How did he
open your eyes?‖ 27 He answered them, ―I have told you already,
and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do
saying, ―You are his disciple, but we are disciples of
Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this
man, we do not know where he comes from.‖ 30 The man
answered, ―Why, this isan amazing thing! You do not know
where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know
that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper
of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the
world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a
man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do
nothing.‖ 34 They answered him, ―You were born in utter sin,
and would you teach us?‖ And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him
he said, ―Do you believe in the Son of Man?‖[c] 36 He
answered, ―And who is he, sir, that I may believe in
him?‖ 37 Jesus said to him, ―You have seen him, and it is he who
is speaking to you.‖ 38 He said, ―Lord, I believe,‖ and he
worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, ―For judgment I came into this
world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see
may become blind.‖ 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard
these things, and said to him, ―Are we also blind?‖ 41 Jesus said
to them, ―If you were blind, you would have no guilt;[d] but now
that you say, ‗We see,‘ your guilt remains.
You Are My Refuge
A Maskil[a] of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.
142 With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O LORD;
I say, ―You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.‖
6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.