Third Sunday of Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship In the midst of busy lives, yet in the midst of Lent, coming together to worship God is taking time to hear and respond to God’s word. Hear God’s call to repentance and invitation to receive new life as we come together in worship today. Today’s Readings First Reading Isaiah 55:1-9 Isaiah calls us to hear and come to God’s life-giving promise and purpose. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 The Bible is full of examples of sinners like us who have failed to keep faith with our faithful God. Gospel Luke 13:1-9 Just as the keeper had the fig tree’s life spared just a little longer to see true fruitful change, so too has a breathing-space been left for

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Readings First Reading Joel 2:1-2. 12-17 The day of the Lord is near. The people come together, and the priests ask God to be true to the promises made. Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10 Paul entreats his readers to be reconciled to God, and not to accept the grace of God in vain. Gospel John 8:1-11 When Jesus is challenged to pronounce upon a woman charged with adultery, he challenges anyone who has not sinned to throw the first stone. Alone with her, he cautions her not to sin again. HOMILY “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” (John 8:11) Traditionally, to sin is to put space between us and God: to offend against God, commit an o

Sunday Next Before Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship Our Diocesan vision calls on us to transform Church and transform lives. All transformation begins and ends with Jesus our Lord whose very transfiguration atop a mountain shines into our lives today through our liturgy, our encounter with Christ present among us. Today’s Readings First Reading Exodus 34:29-35 Moses has spent forty days and nights with God on Mount Sinai receiving the Law. Now he returns to his people with God’s commandments. Second Reading 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2 Paul has been arguing that the new covenant brought in by Christ supersedes the old Mosaic one and that the ministry of the Spirit has greater glory than that of the Law. Gospel Rea
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