Lent

Lent

The First Sunday in Lent

Link to start of sermon This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in…

Ash Wednesday

Link to start of sermon Readings Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your…

Waiting…

Holy Saturday All Readings Gospel: John 19:38-42 19:38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body 19:39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 19:40 They…

Maundy Thursday

All Readings Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper  3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he…

The Great Litany

The Great Litany Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave His body to bewhipped and His face to be spit upon: Give us grace to acceptjoyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of theglory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ Your Son ourLord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, oneGod, for ever and ever.Amen. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us. O God the Father, Creator of heaven…

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Readings  Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 21:2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 21:4 This took…

Where was He? Where is He?

The Fifth Sunday in Lent Readings Afterthoughts I hope that the sermons have helped you all feel connected during this time when we are physically apart. The gist of what I said in Sunday’s sermon was that we are called by God into life. It is this life that gives us hope in God’s restorative powers, meaningful relationships and a connection to God through His Spirit. I wanted to take a look at a question that is asked by some…

Getting Stuck

The Fourth Sunday in Lent All Readings Afterthoughts Sometimes the passages each Sunday cannot be fully unpacked, and they require more time to think about. This certainly is the case for this week, And so I wanted to think more about the passage from 1 Samuel 16. While the majority of the focus of this passage is placed on God choosing a very young David to be Israel’s next king (verses 6-13), I want to take a look at Samuel’s reaction to the transition…

Temporal World

The Third Sunday in Lent All Readings Romans 5:1-11 5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 5:3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5:5…

Am I Going to Heaven?

Second Sunday in Lent All Readings Gospel: John 3:1-17 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 3:2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without…

Finding our way Back to the Garden

First Sunday in Lent All Readings Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” 3:1 Now the serpent…