Sunday, February 25
Second Sunday in Lent
Word & Eucharist – 8:30 am
Faith formation for all ages – 9:45 am
Word & Eucharist – 11:00 am
Scriptures for Sunday, February 25 (Lent 2,Year B)
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what is to come. Peter’s response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus will travel.
Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Sundays in Lent: in our worship
See blocks below for ways to connect in the Sunday morning liturgy this season, including bringing images for prayers of intercession and alms giving food offerings for Micah 6.
Blessings this Sunday, February 25: in our worship
On Sunday morning, February 25 at the sending in the liturgy, we will ask God’s blessing for those who are walking and for the Austin Crop Hunger Walk that afternoon. We will also pray God’s blessing on Nancy and Randy Baden. The Baden’s will be joining a small group of ELCA lay people and churchwide staff to see projects that our church supports in Cambodia and Malaysia, through World Hunger, through Global Church Sponsorship, and through the YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission) programs.
The Season of Lent
Lent is an old English term for “spring.” It’s a time for preparation for new life at Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Lent began on Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter, excluding Sundays, connecting it to Jesus’ 40 days and the Israelites 40 years in the wilderness, both times of preparation. Sundays are not counted because they are always celebrations of the resurrection. That’s why they are Sundays in Lent and not Sundays of Lent. The themes of Lent are wilderness time, repentance (meaning a turning around of one’s life), following Jesus in the way of the cross, and preparation for baptism and renewal at the Easter Vigil. The primary color purple reminds us of penitence. While Lent is a more solemn season than Christmas or Easter, it is a time of growing trust in God’s power to renew our lives. The traditional ancient spiritual practices for Lent are prayer, fasting – forgoing certain foods for a time of refocus, and almsgiving – giving to the poor.