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HOLY GOSPEL………………………………….......................John 18:28–38
P     A reading from St. John, the eighteenth chapter.

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover.  So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”  They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered Him over to you.”  Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.”  This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death He was going to die.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about Me?”  Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You over to me. What have You done?”  Jesus

answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But My kingdom is not from the world.”  Then Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”  Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in Him.”

   O Lord, have mercy on us.
C     Thanks be to God.

                                                 ​Midweek of Lent 5
In the conclusion of his First Letter to his co-worker Timothy, Paul encourages his young friend with a shared vision of what is to come as God fulfills all things. He writes of “the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:14–15). As Jesus stood before Pilate, who seemed to have the full authority of life and death over Him, our Savior knew who He was and what His kingdom was and is and will be. “My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus stated (John 18:36a). With the psalmist, we affirm, “The Lord will reign forever” (Psalm 146:10). The very best and most blessed time under His gracious kingship is yet to be!                 

O Lord, open my lips,
C     and my mouth will declare Your praise.

Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
C     make haste to help me, O Lord.

C     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.
Praise to You, O Christ, Lamb of our salvation.​


P     Deliver me, O Lord, my God, for You are the God of my salvation.
C     Rescue me from my enemies, protect me from those who rise against me.

     In You, O Lord, do I put my trust, leave me not, O Lord, my God.
C     Rescue me from my enemies, protect me from those who rise against me.

     Deliver me, O Lord, my God, for You are the God of my salvation.
C     Rescue me from my enemies, protect me from those who rise against me.


​FIRST READING…………………………………........................Isaiah 53:1–3
A reading from Isaiah, the fifty-three chapter.  

Who has believed what they heard from us?
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him,
and no beauty that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

P     O Lord, have mercy on us.
C     Thanks be to God.

SERIES HYMN “Break Your Hearts”
1. Break your hearts with mourning
And your pride in two,
Ash and grief adorning
Your repentance true.
With your tears and fasting,
From your God discern
His ways everlasting:
To your Lord return.

2. See your Savior dying,
Hung upon the tree.
It is vain denying
What is plain to see:
While His heart is breaking,
Still your God will earn
Freedom in the making.
To your Lord return.

3. Gather all in number
From both far and near;
Even those in slumber
Wait for trumpets clear.
When the Lord grants blessing,
Broken hearts will learn
Joy beyond expressing;
To your Lord return.

Text: Lisa M. Clark. Copyright © 2020 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.


Psalm 25:1–7

To You, | O Lord,*
I lift | up my soul.

O my God, in You I trust;
let me not be | put to shame;*
let not my enemies exult | over me.
Indeed, none who wait for You shall be | put to shame;*
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly | treacherous.
Make me to know Your ways, | O Lord;*
teach me | Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my sal- | vation;*
for You I wait all the | day long.
Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your | steadfast love,*
for they have been | from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my trans- | gressions;*
according to Your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of Your goodness, | O Lord!
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

​HYMN#423 “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” 

​​​1. Jesus, refuge of the weary,
Blest Redeemer, whom we love,
Fountain in life's desert dreary,
Savior from the world above:
Often have Your eyes, offended,
Gazed upon the sinner's fall;
Yet upon the cross extended,
You have borne the pain of all.

2. Do we pass that cross unheeding,
Breathing no repentant vow,
Though we see You wounded, bleeding,
See Your thorn-encircled brow?
Yet Your sinless death has brought us
Life eternal, peace, and rest;
Only what Your grace hath taught us
Calms the sinner's deep distress.

3. Jesus, may our hearts be burning
With more fervent love for You;
May our eyes be ever turning
To behold Your cross anew
Till in glory, parted never
From the blessed Savior's side,
Graven in our hearts forever,
Dwell the cross, the Crucified.

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CLOSING HYMN#431“Not All the Blood of Beasts”​

1. Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace
Or wash away the stain.

2. But Christ, the heav'nly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name
And richer blood than they.

3. My faith would lay its hand
On that dear head of Thine,
While as a penitent I stand,
And there confess my sin.

4. My soul looks back to see
The burden Thou didst bear
When hanging on the cursed tree;
I know my guilt was there.

5. Believing, we rejoice
To see the curse remove;
We bless the Lamb with cheerful voice
And sing His bleeding love.

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​Sermon: “Return to the Kingdom of God”    Text: John 18:28–38

OFFICE HYMN#427“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”

​​1. In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time.
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

2. When the woes of life o'ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me;
Lo, it glows with peace and joy.

3. When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

4. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure
By the Cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

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SECOND READING…………………………………............1 Timothy 2:1–7
  A reading from First Timothy, the second chapter.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

P     O Lord, have mercy on us.
C     Thanks be to God.


P     Faithful God, through the ancient prophets You call us to return to You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Let these Lenten days be a time when, remembering how You relentlessly return to us in mercy, we return also to You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

P    As the darkness of nighttime comes, remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love, for they have been of old. Remember not our transgressions of the day. And raise us up in the morning ready to serve in Your kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

P   Merciful God, as the kingdoms of this world rage and spite, through it all You remain constant in bringing calm to troubled hearts. Grant peace in our nation, peace in our community, and peace in our homes; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.​
C   Amen.

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Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


    Let us bless the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.


P     The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the          Holy Spirit be with you all.
C     Amen.


P     Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
C     and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.


C     My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior;
for He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden.
C     For behold, from this day all generations will call me blessed.
P     For the Mighty One has done great things to me, and holy is His name;
C    and His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
P     He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the                           imagination of their hearts.
C    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away.
C    He has helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy as He spoke to         our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.
C    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.




C     Lord, have mercy;
        Christ, have mercy;
        Lord, have mercy.

Pastor Jonathan Bontke


    O Lord, hear my prayer.
C     And let my cry come to You.


P     Almighty God, Your kingdom is not like the kingdoms of this world. Instead of force, You reign by grace; instead of corruption, You reign by the truth; instead of favoritism, You reign by serving all. Help us not to fall into the ways of the kingdoms of this world, but to welcome Your gracious reign in our lives; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

March 24, 2021
Midweek Lent 5

6830 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
Office 512-443-4947
Pastor Jonathan Bontke
Cell 512-426-7040
Home 512 -520-5171


 LORD'S PRAYER                                                                                                               C     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.