Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent.

The Gospel reading is from John 3:14-21.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (v. 16)

The Epistle is from Ephesians 4:2-10.

Brothers and sisters: God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved —raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

The word from the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 36:23.

All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me, and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people, let him go up, and may his God be with him!

The response is Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6.

Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! (v. 6)

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