Lent Week 2

Opening Prayer
"O Lord Jesus Christ, give us a measure of your spirit that we may be enabled to obey your teaching to pacify anger, to take part in pity, to moderate desire, to increase love, to put away sorrow, to cast away vainglory, not to be vindictive, not to fear death, ever entrusting our spirit to immortal God, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns world without end." Apollonius (a church father from Greece, 1st Century)
[from Ancient Christian Devotional. edited by T.C. Oden. 2009. IVP Books]

Meditate on the Psalms
Last Sunday’s call to worship was Psalm 27.

You might also want to consider Psalm 118 which was quoted by Jesus in the past Sunday's Gospel reading of Luke 13.31-35. 

Next Sunday’s call to worship will be Psalm 63.1-8.

You might also want to consider Psalm 103 a beautiful Psalm on the steadfast love of God. It might help you be a worshiper this week.

Growing in Grace: Pondering 2 Corinthians 3-6
  • Are you exhibiting the "hope" of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3.12)?
  • How can you cooperate with the Holy Spirit's transforming you more into the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3.17, 18)?
  • In a little bit Paul is going to state that we are made new creations when we come to Christ and receive his salvation (2 Corinthians 5.17); please note, while made new we are still needing transformation. (This discussion will be part of the sermon intro next Sunday.) 

Closing Prayers
"OMOST loving Father, who willest us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of thee, and to cast all our care on thee, who carest for us; Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which thou hast manifested unto us in thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OHEAVENLY Father, thou understandest all thy children; through thy gift of faith we bring our perplexities to the light of thy wisdom, and receive the blessed encouragement of thy sympathy, and a clearer knowledge of thy will. Glory be to thee for all thy gracious gifts. Amen."
(from1928 BCP)

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