With the first Sunday of Lent, we are invited on a journey, which begins in our own day with echoes through all time. Despite temptation and depravation, the people of Ancient Israel are moved to gratitude; despite temptation in the face of extreme hunger and thirst, Jesus remains true to God’s call for him. With Lent a time of reflection that ideally makes us ready to enter into the joy of Easter with full hearts and clean consciences, we will look together at how very difficult it can be to recognize reasons for gratitude when life presents us with challenges. Our service also will include the sacrament of Communion, which helps to remind us that what we know of abundance now is only a foretaste of what God has in store for us. Although we are not sharing in the elements in the sanctuary, you are invited to prepare them in your homes. That said, we also may look forward to returning to the sanctuary on Sunday, March 13th (in addition to remaining on Zoom). Don’t forget your masks, but let’s celebrate our togetherness once again!
Please mark your calendars for our Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, March 20th, following worship. You may also want to add to your calendars three other opportunities this week: We are gathering in front of the church on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 to show our support for peace in Ukraine. We begin our study on the history of nonviolent resistance on Monday the 7th at 6:30 on Zoom. Our Lenten study series with the congregation of St. Francis Episcopal Church begins on Wednesday at 10:00. Join us!
Blessings and peace, Lisa
Worship at Home Materials:
Below you will find materials to accompany this week’s Sunday Morning
Worship via Zoom. An order of service with scripture readings, along with
music recordings to accompany the service, are available by clicking the
Helpful Hint: If you are planning to join the Sunday morning
worship Zoom call, you might wish to print the following documents prior to
joining the call, if you have that capability.
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible Deuteronomy 26:1-11
A Reading from The New Testament Luke 4:1-13
Sermon “To the Point of Gratitude”
*A link to the sermon will be shared on our website during the week following the service.
March 6, 2022
Service of Worship for Home
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Meeting ID: 878 0603 8144