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First Sunday in Lent (Year B)

In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice His beloved son, Isaac. At the command of the Lord, Abraham bound Isaac and laid Him on the altar. But God stayed Abraham’s hand and then provided a lamb for offering. That Lamb is God’s own beloved Son, Jesus; through Him “shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” Jesus is our substitute. Where we are tempted by our own desire, which conceives and “gives birth to sin,” our blessed Savior, Christ Jesus, “remains steadfast under trial,” and has received “the crown of life.” His faithfulness, His victory and His life are given to us.

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Midweek Lenten Series: “Return to the Lord”

In the Book of Joel, the prophet paints a vivid picture of the coming judgment of God, the Day of the Lord. The imagery is bold and terrifying: hordes of locusts swarming over the land and decimating everything. Joel’s prophecy has teeth even today as wars rage, natural disasters threaten and destroy and our culture seems to be unraveling. But right in the middle of this frightening portent, we find a tender invitation from the Lord: “Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster” (Joel 2:13). God’s invitation and promise finds its fullness in Jesus Christ, who personifies and accomplishes all that God declares. During this season of Lent, we will consider the theme “Return to the Lord” and examine how the call to return played out in practical ways for the people who walked alongside Christ as He demonstrated and carried out God’s grace and mercy on our behalf, taking God’s wrath upon Himself, setting the stage for God to “turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him” (Joel 2:14).

Services are at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM.

February 17: “A Call to Return” Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

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February 24: “Return to Pray” Matthew 26:36–46

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March 3: “Return from Betrayal” John 18:1–11

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March 10: “Return from False Witness” Matthew 26:57–68

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March 17: “Return from Denial” Luke 22:54–62

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March 24: “Return to the Kingdom of God” John 18:28–38

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Adapted from a series by Eric Longman

Transfiguration (Year B)

Elisha got a glimpse of God’s glory when Elijah was taken “up to heaven by a whirlwind.” Although the sky was lit like “chariots of fire and horses of fire,” Elisha saw his teacher taken up into heaven. Moses, too, stood in the presence of God on Mount Sinai. The people were terrified when he returned, for “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.” He had to put on a veil before he could speak with them.

The veil between the people and God’s glorious and terrifying presence was finally lifted by Jesus. “Only through Christ is it taken away.” The disciples on the mount of Transfiguration saw Jesus shining in heavenly glory, standing with Moses and Elijah. But in this case, when the vision faded, they were still in the presence of God! “They no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.” Jesus is with us. His glory shines within us! God “has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Year B)

The Lord “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth,” but He demonstrates His power chiefly by His mercy and compassion: “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.” The only-begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons.” Those whom He has sent, are likewise “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the Gospel.” We are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.

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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Year B)

As He promised, the God raised up a new prophet, Jesus, our brother in the flesh, the incarnate Word who speaks “a new teaching with authority.” By His Word of the Cross He removes the accusations of the law and of the devil, cleansing our consciences before God the Father, setting us free from bondage and commending us to God. We use your freedom to care for our brothers and sisters, neither causing them to stumble nor wounding their consciences, but cleansing and strengthening them with the Gospel.

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