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Second Sunday in Lent

"Indeed, God 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  .

Texts & Discussion:

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 or
Matthew 17:1-9


This Week's Themes:
God's Claim on our Lives
& Promise for Blessing
Born from Above
By Faith through Grace

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 slumber.
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.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. Come let us Worship the LORD!



Children's Messages:


Sermon Excerpt:

On the Mountain Top
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 here for full manuscript