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Sermons on Lent

April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday “Cloak Sunday”

FIRST READING             Isaiah 50:4-9a This text, the third of the four Servant Songs in Isaiah, speaks of the servant’s obedience amid persecution. Though the servant has been variously understood as the prophet himself or a remnant of faithful Israel, Christians have often recognized the figure of Christ in these poems. 4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that…

March 13, 2022 Second Sunday in Lent “Herod, a Pharisee, and Jesus Walk Into Jerusalem”

FIRST READING          Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 God promises a childless and doubting Abrah that he will have a child, that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, and that the land of Canaan will be their inheritance. Abram’s trust in God is sealed with a covenant-making ceremony, a sign of God’s promise. 1After these things the word of the Lord came to…

March 6, 2022 First Sunday in Lent “Tempted”

FIRST READING              Deuteronomy 26:1-11 The annual harvest festival, called the Feast of Weeks, provides the setting for this reading. This festival celebrates the first fruits of the produce of the land offered back to God in thanks. In this text, worshipers announce God’s gracious acts on behalf of Israel. 1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God…

March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday “The Beginning of the End”

FIRST READING              Isaiah 50:4-9a The image of the servant of God is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love. 4The Lord God has given me the tongue…

March 7, 2021 Third Sunday in Lent “The Original Reconstruction”

FIRST READING Exodus 20:1-17 After escaping from slavery, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai, where God teaches them how to live in community. The Ten Commandments proclaim that God alone is worthy of worship. Flowing from God, the life of the community flourishes when based on honesty, trust, fidelity, and respect for life, family, and property. 1Then God spoke all these words:…