This Sunday is the Second Sunday in the season of Lent. During this season we hear of God’s relationship with God’s people. This relationship is a story of promises fulfilled. We hear the story of Abraham and Sarah and God’s covenant with them. St. Paul in his writings reminds us that we are the multitudes of nations that were promised to Abraham. In baptism, Jesus Christ binds us to God into his death. God’s story with creation is that God persists in loving us.
Scripture readings: Genesis 17: 1- 7, 15 – 16; Psalm 22: 23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Prayer of the Day: “O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. ” Amen.
The Psalmist writes, “Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.” (Psalm 25: 4) In what settings and in what ways do you allow God in teach you and lead you?
Good Shepherd will begin a 5 week Bible Study looking at the “I Am….” passages in the Gospel of John. This Wednesday, Feb. 21st, an introduction to John’s Gospel and characteristics, followed by the ” I am the vine…” passage. (John 15: 1-11). Bible study begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. Join us at 5:30 pm for a lite soup supper.
In the first Chapter of the Gospel According to Mark, we hear the voice from heaven calling Jesus “Beloved.” What does Jesus’ belovedness mean to you?
The gospel for the first Sunday in Lent takes us to the wilderness after Jesus is baptized. There the devil tempts him. So often in our life we are distracted from fully living as God’s people in the world. The good news for us is that through Christ we are saved and are reminded of God’s love for us in our struggles.
Scripture readings: Genesis 9: 8-17, Psalm 25: 1-10, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15
Prayer of the Day: “Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen
“The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a troubled and broken heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17) How does this verse speak to you in regard to the global, national, or personal events of this past year?
Read from the book of the Prophet Joel, chapter 2, verses 1-2, & 12-17. How will you “turn to God” during the season of Lent?
Good Shepherd observes the beginning of Lent on February 14th, with two worship services: A brief service of scripture and prayer at Noon, and a full service of proclamation and Holy Communion at 7:00 pm. Both services will offer the imposition of ashes. These worship services sound the call to repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.
The Apostle Paul wrote,”For it is the God who said,’Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6). When have you experienced light shining in the darkness, perhaps your darkness?
Peter, James, and John saw Jesus on the mountain top. (Mark 9:2-9). Where do you see Jesus?