"Living simply makes loving simple."
words: Evan Wilson (adapted from Psalm 27)
music: Evan Wilson
The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear? Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
Of whom shall I be afraid?
One thing I ask
One thing I seek
To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
Wait for the Lord
Wait for the Lord
Oh, be strong and take heart
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence. (Psalm 16:1-2, 5-8, 11)
words: William Kethe, paraphrased c. 1594
music: OLD HUNDREDTH (alt.); attr. Louis Bourgeois, 1510-1561
All people that on earth do dwell
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
Serve him with joy, his praises tell
Come now before Him and rejoice
Know that the Lord is God, indeed
He formed us all without our aid
We are the flock he surely feeds
The sheep who by his hand were made
O enter then his gates with thanks
Within his courts his praise proclaim
Let thankful songs your tongues employ
Oh, bless and magnify his name
Because the Lord our God is good
His mercy is forever sure
His faithfulness at all times stood
And shall from age to age endure
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15)
Lent is a season of both sober examination and sweet celebration of the Lord’s grace, in solitude and community as we take courage from Jesus’ 40 days in the desert… Where he proved faithful, unlike us. Where he proved faithful, for us. In the desert, He faced three temptations— three lies— that we wrestle with now:
I am what I do.
I am what I have.
I am what others think of me.
And when we believe these, we are left in a kind of desert of our own. Hungry, thirsty, empty.
During Lent, we are invited to fast from our go-to water supplies or cisterns (Jeremiah 2:3)— what we do, what we possess, and what others think of us— and instead, draw on the deep well of God’s grace:
What He has done,
What He offers us,
What He thinks of us.
Take a moment now to reflect on the ways you have sought life apart from God.
You are invited to acknowledge these things silently before God who hears you, and to draw hope from this promise: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you… and you forgave.” (Psa 32:5).
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31b-35, 38-39)
God’s grace abounds for us, even in our weakness.
Receive the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
During the reflection time, children are invited to engage in a special time of reading and song so they can learn and discover the gospel in a language and style more suitable to them. Click here for the video.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
words: early Eastern liturgy; arr. Wilson/Bailey
music: Audrey Assad
O Lord, have mercy
O Lord, have mercy on us
O Christ, have mercy
O Christ, have mercy on us
All we have is given to us by God. Our offerings express this joyful dependence as well as our commitment to join God in his work of renewal. He who met our most dire need through Christ will continue to provide for every need we have— so, whether we have much or little, God calls us to treasure and trust Him above all.
All gifts go toward ministry initiatives of All Souls and relief of those in need.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.
Let us go forth and serve our world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God!
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Tonight, we are continuing a conversation we are calling Pandemic Parenting on Zoom at 8:30p. We are exploring parenting resources together as we as a community learn to experience and extend God’s grace in parenting. For more info, you can email R.J. at email@example.com. Join us on Zoom.
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Whether it's the lessening daylight, the prolonged sense of isolation due to COVID-19, physical or mental health concerns, or challenges with work or within the home— this is a difficult season on many fronts. If you are struggling, please know that you do not have to weather this alone. Our pastors, staff and leadership are available to talk or to get you connected. Reach out.