Second Sunday in Lent
did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world,
but in order that the world might be saved through him."
John 3:17 .
A Call to Worship (based on Psalm 121)
L: I lift
up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?
P: My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
L: He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not
P: He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
L: The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
P: The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
All: The LORD will
keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and
forevermore. Come let us Worship the LORD!
Response of Faith, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17,
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Being Born Again, John
by Rev. Thomas Hall
Conversion is a Comma, Not a Period,
by Rev. Thomas Hall
That Gives Life
by Rev. Rick Thompson
Speaks Unexpectedly, Matthew 17:1-9
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Matthew 17:1-9 & Exodus 24:12-18
by Rev. Richard Gehring
As a child growing up on the plains of Kansas, I had relatively little
experience in the mountains. About every other year or so, my family would
take a vacation where we would spend a few days in the Colorado Rockies or the
Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas. Then, when I was in high school, I spent
some time at a church camp in the Rocky Mountains. Each afternoon during
the week-long camp sessions, we spent time mountain climbing. Each day the
hikes grew longer and a bit more difficult until Friday when we spent the entire
day hiking up a 12,000 foot peak known as "The Sentinel."
During those times in the mountains, I saw and experienced things I never would
have in Kansas. I drank cold water from clear mountain lakes and streams.
I walked through snow in the middle of July. I stood on high peaks and
looked out over miles and miles of tree-covered rolling hills, grassy valley
meadows and rugged outcroppings of rocks. Those were special times for
me--those "mountain top" experiences.
In our scripture passages for today, we read about probably the two greatest
figures in the Bible, Moses and Jesus, as each of them had their own "mountain
top" experiences. We begin in Exodus with Moses being called to go up to
Mount Sinai to meet with God. This is the same mountain where Moses had
earlier encountered the Lord in the burning bush. At that time, God had
called him to go to Egypt and lead the people of Israel out of slavery.
Moses had been faithful to that call and now was called back to Sinai to hear
from God once again...click
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