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?
This Sunday’s gospel lesson tells of a “mountaintop experience” shared by three of Jesus’ disciples. As Jesus is transfigured before their eyes, a voice from the cloud implores hearers to “listen to Jesus”. As Jesus’ disciples are we following him? Just as God made light to shine out of darkness at creation, God makes the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives through our service to others. Scripture lessons: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Prayer of the Day: “Almighty God, resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen
In the Gospel of Mark it is written, “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) What is your “deserted place” where you escape the crowds and/or communicate with God?
Due to road and sidewalk conditions the scheduled WELCA Bible Study for 10:30 am today has been re-rescheduled to Thursday,Feb. 22, 10:30 am
The psalmist writes, ” The Lord lifts up the lowly, but casts the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147:6). What can you do to join God in bringing healing and peace to the nations?