Lent 34: Last Week of Lent

by Pastor Karen Brau Readings: Psalm 31:9-16, Lamentations 3:55-66, Mark 10:32-34 On the last Sunday before Lent Pastor Karen preached this poem sermon. We repeat it here before we enter Holy Week, as a reminder and inspiration for the Easter victory at the other end of this week. The Transfiguration...

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Lent 33: Solid Rock

Readings: Psalm 31:9-16, Job 13:13-19, Philippians 1:21-30 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and his righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. The walk with Christ we...

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Lent 32:lonesome valley

Readings: Psalm 31:9-16, 1 Samuel 16:11-13, Philippians 1:1-11 Jesus walked this lonesome valley. He had to walk it by himself. Oh, nobody else could walk it for him. As he enters the valley of the shadow of death, he embodies the hope of David facing Goliath, the faith that God...

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Lent 31: Hope

Readings: Psalm 143, Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41, Matthew 22:23-33 The smart investment counselors would advise against a land purchase when you are about to be taken over by a foreign power and forcibly relocated against your will. But since God laughs a resurrection laugh at whatever attacks hope and security, Jeremiah...

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Lent 30: New Creation

Readings: Psalm 143, 2 Kings 4:18-37, Ephesians 2:1-10 Resurrection is God’s “Amen!” to the creation. Death and sin are not allowed to have the last word. Christ is both the New Head of Humanity and the Head of the New Humanity. Hear us, O God. Vindicate us in the face...

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Lent 29: Signs of Resurrection

by Amanda Weber Readings: Psalm 143, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Acts 20:7-12 In today’s readings, we hear about multiple instances of resurrection – a sign of the power and love of God, and a foreshadowing of Jesus’ resurrection. These passages have so many basic human qualities for a divine act of...

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Lent 28: Easter draws near

by Nick Krafft Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 36:8-15, Luke 24:44-53 But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. Ezekiel 36:8 I am going to send you what my Father has promised. Luke 24:4 As Easter draws near and...

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Lent 27: Wave after wave

by Jay Forth Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 33:10-16, Revelation 11:15-19 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness...

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Lent 26: Sin

by Caroline Henne Readings: Psalm 130, Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:8—3:3, Revelation 10:1-11 Psalm 130 is a cry to the Lord “out of the depths.” Unlike some other Psalms, where the cry for help is because of direct threats or violent foes, there isn’t an external enemy mentioned in this Psalm. Rather,...

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