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
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.
Out of the Garden,
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
So We Enter the Wilderness
by Rev. Randy Quinn
by Rev. Thomas Hall
3 Ways to Destroy A Christian,
by Rev. Gary Roth
Temptation and Obedience,
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
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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