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March 5 Sermon: Lead us (Not) Into Temptation The
Spirit leads Jesus into temptation and later Jesus teaches the disciples to
pray lead us not into temptation. Is that because he knows firsthand how tough
it is? Yet it’s in his wilderness
testing that Jesus affirms his deepest identity and models that for us. Our Lenten task is to confront ourselves
honestly and grow a little stronger in the process.
March 12 Sermon: How Can These Things Be? Much
in life is mysterious and perplexing.
How can God say to Abraham, “Go?”
How can God so love the world as to send the only Son? How can someone begin again? Nicodemus is a Jewish leader who comes to
Jesus under cover of darkness to seek answers to life’s persistent questions.
In him we meet a companion for our own Lenten pursuit of the deeper truth.
12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17
March 19 Sermon: And There Sat Her Water Jar She
came to the ancient well at midday to get water. Then her water jar sits there, abandoned in
the hot sun, as she scurries away to the village to report on her encounter
with Jesus. What would it take for us,
for the church, to be so profoundly affected by an encounter with Jesus that we
drop everything to respond?
Lectionary Readings:Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95: Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Sermon: Children of Light Monday's child is fair of face... according to Mother Goose. But don’t we hope that all ours will be
children of light? How much more, then,
does God see God’s own beloved as children of light. Jesus ushers a man born blind into the light,
a journey to which we’re all invited.
Lectionary Readings: 1
Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41