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Why do we begin Lent with such a stark reminder of death as Ash Wednesday? Precisely because we are, during this season, preparing ourselves, and some among us, to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant more faithfully. And baptism is about death first...

    References:

  • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
  • Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Making an intentional plea or call for the observance of Lenten disciplines while also commemorating African American History Month can bring the biblical message to life because many will make commitments to various observances in hopes of growing closer to God.

    References:

  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (UMH 810)
  • Romans 10:8b-13
  • Luke 4:1-13

Throughout the Sundays of Lent in Year C, the readings focus on core practices of the faith that enable us to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant. This week’s practice is perseverance in the way of Jesus.

    References:

  • Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
  • Psalm 27 (UMH 758)
  • Philippians 3:17-4:1
  • Luke 13:31-35

Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

    References:

  • Isaiah 55:1-9
  • Psalm 63:1-8 (UMH 788)
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
  • Luke 13:1-9

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

    References:

  • Joshua 5:9-12
  • Psalm 32 (UMH 766)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
  • Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

    References:

  • Isaiah 43:16-21
  • Psalm 126 (UMH 847)
  • Philippians 3:4b-14
  • John 12:1-8