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First Sunday in Lent

  "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Matthew 4:4  .


Texts & Discussion:

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11


This Week's Themes:

Human State of Sinfulness
God's Plan for Salvation
Resisting Temptation

Call to Worship

L: Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
P: Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
L: While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
P: 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.
L: Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
All: Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.



Children's Messages:





Sermon Excerpt

The Meaning of Lent
based on Mat. 4:1-11, et al
by HW in HI

This is the first Sunday of Lent. Our church looks a little different today. If you look for our Paschal Candle Ė thatís the candle we light for Easter and for Baptisms Ė if you look for the Paschal candle, you will not find it. The Baptismal font is gone. There are no flowers behind the altar.

This is Lent. A special time in the church year when we spend a little time thinking about the great sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on a cross. When we spend a little more time praying. When we spend a little more time reading the Bible. When we do a little more for others.

Lent comes from the Old English word for Spring Ė Lenten. It lasts for the 40 days before Easter. We use forty days because Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness.

Jesus was baptized and he headed for the hills. He took off by himself for the wilderness, and spent 40 days alone without food. Here on the Big Island, we are probably in the best place in Hawaii to imagine what that was like. Tthere is not much wilderness left in the world. But perhaps we can imagine him taking off for Waipio Valley, and emerging 40 days later, exhausted.

People sometimes talk about the spiritual wilderness. Those times in our lives when we canít find God. For many of us these times happen when loss or disaster hit our lives. When a dearly loved relative or friend dies, this often leaves us wondering where God is...

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