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Second Sunday in Lent

 

"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."                     John 3:17  .

Texts & Discussion:
 

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 or
Matthew 17:1-9

 

This Week's Themes:
God's Claim on our Lives
& Promise for Blessing
Born from Above
By Faith through Grace

 

 


 

A Call to Worship (based on Psalm 121)

L: I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?
P: My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
L: He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
P: He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
L: The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
P: The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
All:
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. Come let us Worship the LORD!

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Sermons:

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Sermon Excerpt:

Venturing Out in Faith
Genesis 12:1-4a
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So Abram went, as the LORD had told him.
Gen. 12:1-4a

We always bring our own stories with us whenever we encounter the scriptures. Thatís true of you and itís true of me. We bring the experiences of our past as well as our concerns about the future. We carry with us the questions we have about God as well as the numerous sermons weíve heard. We also carry with us those conversations and insights weíve gained in Bible Study or Sunday School or small group discussions.

I donít know what your first thought is when you hear about Abram leaving his home, but when I read this passage, I hear about moving. Thatís because I know about moving. Iíve moved in 53 times in my life. I know pastors have a reputation for moving a lot, but I moved a lot more before I became a pastor than since I was ordained. In fact, the longest Iíve lived in any one place was a parsonage Ė and the second longest Iíve lived in one place was also a parsonage. And believe it or not, the third longest Iíve lived in any one place is a tie between a parsonage and the place we lived when I was in Junior High School1.

So I read this text and I immediately connect with the idea of leaving things behind and making a new start, of meeting new friends and starting new routines, of getting used to new surroundings and learning the local customs. Iíve done that many, many, times.

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